In a time when trolling and shitposting activities are on the rise, one group of people have set it upon themselves to keep setting the bar higher and higher. 4chan pranks are nothing new to the internet, there are several instances of these guys trolling the shit out of people. However, this week’s event isn’t even trolling anymore, its a work of art.
Ever since Shia Lebeouf started his “he will not divide us” art project, Internet trolls, especially those on 4chan and 8chan’s /pol/ boards, have been trying to shut it down. They kept showing up at the location where the live feed was being taken from and causing disruptions. They taunted Shia until he finally lost his cool and assaulted someone, leading to his arrest.
The museum where the art project was hosted finally decided to shut down the project, and Shia Lebeouf moved the art project to an unknown location. The camera was pointed upwards in the new location to face a flag with “he will not divide us” inscribed on it. It was intended to stay there for the entire duration of Trump’s presidency.
Somewhere out there, in the jungles of autism, some autistic 4chan users decided to take shitposting to a whole other level by finding the flag. They analyzed fly patterns of planes, star constellations and google maps.
Here’s a short summary of the operation from HeatStreet.
Hold onto your hats:
The search began on March 8 and was immediately narrowed when Labeouf was spotted on social media at a diner in Greenville, Tennessee, although some in the thread still believed the flag was in the Great Lakes area due to wind patterns. The time of the sunset in Greenville matched with the time of sunset on the stream, and so did the weather on local weather reports.
4channers began looking into flight patterns. One of the few clues available on the stream were the contrails left by airplanes. Greenville was finally confirmed as the location after two planes observed on online flight radars intersected over the town and were seen on the stream.
Finally when three planes flew over the area, 4channers were able to triangulate an approximate location of the flag.
This area was too large to search unfortunately. The 4channers began looking to the stars, using ancient astronomy to help map the direction of the camera and pinpoint a more precise location.
They also sent out a guy in his truck to honk his horn around Greenville to see if they could hear it on the livestream, to mark the location.
The trail led into a field on private property next to some poor soul’s house. Tennessee based 4channers were standing by to capture the flag. After scoping out the area for hours they finally made a move. The anonymous group stole the “He Will Not Divide Us” flag and replaced it with a Trump “Make America Great Again” hat and a Pepe the Frog t-shirt.
The flag pole was left barren on the stream all morning, until Labeouf and co. finally turned the stream completely off in utter defeat.
The tale of the “He Will Not Divide Us” livestream is probably not over, but this saga marks another stunning defeat for Labeouf. It shows 4chan will follow him to the ends of the earth for a good laugh, and he inevitably will be the butt of the joke.
The flag now rests in the home of one of the greatest anons 4chan has ever known.
And that is why you don’t mess with weaponized shitposting.
Why haven’t we hired these guys to operate our national security agencies yet?