Didn’t we give Shia carte blanche to do whatever the f*ck he wants? I was under the impression that the powers that be decided long ago to just let Shia do Shia because we’re all the better for it. In an age where the rockstar is all but dead, Shia LaBeouf is one of the few we have left. If he wants to drink a bunch of whiskey and heckle people at the cabaret, that’s not only his right but his duty to the American people. There’s a lot of bullshit happening in the world today, but I bet whenever you see a Shia-related headline, you chuckle at the very least. We all need that.
Obviously, the Museum of the Moving Image didn’t get the memo. Citing that the exhibit has become “a flashpoint for violence,” the museum decided to shut He Will Not Divide Us down. I just have one question for the Museum of the Modern Image: are you American or are you a communist?
If the MMI (not sure if that’s the official abbreviation but we’re rolling with it) was truly run by red-blooded patriots, they’d be woke to the fact that Shia being allowed to Shia is essential for our nation’s well-being. Think about it, Shia LaBeouf is the American Dream incarnate — a beautiful trainwreck disaster of success, art, and addiction. Capable of the ultimate highs (ever seen Fury?), or the lowest of lows (the new Indiana Jones was essentially a hate crime), Shia LaBeouf is America and America is Shia. If Shia isn’t allowed to Shia, we might as well change our flag to the hammer and sickle.
The Museum of the Moving Image has closed HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, a participatory Internet streaming performance by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses.
The installation had become a flashpoint for violence and was disrupted from its original intent.
While the installation began constructively, it deteriorated markedly after one of the artists was arrested on the site of the installation and ultimately necessitated this action. Over the course of the installation, there have been dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests, such that police felt compelled to be stationed outside the installation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We take our commitment to the safety of our 200,000 annual visitors and 50,000 school children attending programs at the Museum seriously, along with the safety and security of our staff and community.
We are proud to have launched this engaging and thought-provoking digital art installation which was experienced by millions of online viewers worldwide. Until public safety concerns overrode the intent of the installation, HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US generated an important conversation allowing interaction among people from many backgrounds and with different viewpoints. However, ending our engagement with the installation is the most prudent path forward to restore public safety to the Museum, its visitors, staff, and the community.
And while you’re here, Shia’s latest, greatest hits: