Will Donald Trump divide us? Check back in four years, after a politically charged live stream ends outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.
“He will not divide us” appears on a wall, inviting visitors to repeat the thought or show signs of support. (See it here.)
Created by Los Angeles-born Shia LaBeouf with two others, the installation was the scene of some noise Monday when the actor screamed into the ear of a supposed neo-Nazi trying to hijack the camera by saying white-supremacist terms “14” and “88” into the camera.
“Technically, the project from LaBeouf and his performance art partners Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner isn’t about opposition to Trump,” said Access Hollywood.
The website says: “Open to all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the participatory performance will be live-streamed continuously for four years, or the duration of the presidency. In this way, the mantra ‘HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US’ acts as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community.”
“We’re anti-division out here. Everyone’s invited,” LaBeouf said, rocking back and forth. “I’m just saying, ‘Be nice to each other.'”
Jason Eppink, curator of digital media at the museum, told Access Hollywood that the project wasn’t partisan (and not a threat to the museum’s tax-exempt status) because those who take part can express themselves any way they like.
Giving a shorter man in a gray cap a headache was LaBeouf’s bid to stay nonviolent. Nice is another issue.
But Britain’s Daily Mail reported: “There was also an incident on Saturday where LaBeouf tried to punch a man who was running up to the camera with a ‘Pepe 2020’ sign.”
Other coverage and commentary:
‘He will not divide us’: Shia LaBeouf screaming down ‘white supremacist’ at Donald Trump protest I’M WATCHING ALL HIS MOVIES FROM NOW ON! pic.twitter.com/7MDi2SwdpW
— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) January 23, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) January 20, 2017
Shia LaBeouf started an anti-trump livestream that will run for FOUR years pic.twitter.com/7wNipNcDoN
— i relate (@tbhireIate) January 20, 2017
Wishing Shia LaBeouf was president
— Ty (@TYYFRY) January 20, 2017