After Donald trump’s inauguration on January 20th, Shia Lebeouf and Jaden smith started an art project at a Queen’s Museum which was supposed to last the entire duration of Donald Trump’s presidency. They mounted a webcam on a wall outside the museum and begun screaming “He will not divide us” into it. Hundreds of people sympathetic to Shia’s cause begun showing up at the location ever so often to shout the mantra into the webcam. The video recorded on the webcam was live-streamed online for all to see.
The art project has come to an end less than a month after it begun, as the museum announced today that it is shutting down the project due to the fact that the location had become a “flash-point for violence”. Clashes between pro- and anti-Trump forces were too much for museum brass to justify the art project.
The art project being shut down isn’t an accident, it is the result of several online troll campaigns to disrupt it. Shortly after the art project begun, users on 4chan, 8chan, and some discord groups decided to visit the location of the film to troll Shia Lebeouf and his fellow art enthusiasts. People begun showing up at the venue of the project to shout obscenities into the camera.
“We must secure the existence of white people” one person shouted. Another person showed up just to shout “Pepe pepe pepe pepe pepe”. “He will cum inside us. He will cum inside us. He will cum inside us” another Asian guy who rather became a regular on the live-stream said into the camera. Another person pretending to be retarded showed up and convinced them to let him sing. He basically just made stupid sounds into the camera. They clapped. An unknown person vandalized the writings on the wall of the museum to read “Museum of kek”.
If their plan was to drive Shia Lebeouf insane, then it worked.
On January 25, Shia Lebeouf was arrested and escorted from the premises of the museum after he had allegedly assaulted one of the disruptors. Within that same week, barricades had to be erected outside the art display, and extreme vetting processes were carried out on people who wished to enter. This was meant to prevent trolls from getting in. They still got in. The museum became a permanent location for people who were bored and wanted to cause as much commotion as possible while being viewed by thousands, maybe millions, of people online.
Today, the art project has come to an end and the live-stream has gone offline.
The website where the live-stream used to be now reads “The Museum has abandoned us”: