Shia LaBeouf Launches Four-Year-Long Anti-Trump Project

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Hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States, Shia LaBeouf launched his newest livestream art project, “He Will Not Divide Us.”

“He Will Not Divide Us,” is a four-year-long 24/7 livestream project created by LaBeouf and his frequent collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner that invites the public to say the words “He will not divide us” as much as they wish in front of a camera mounted on a wall outside New York’s Museum of the Moving Image. The official website states that the project is meant “as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community.”

The project’s first participant was Jaden Smith, who stood in front of the camera for over six hours and led a group of young people in the chant.

Since its launch, “He Will Not Divide Us” has seen a flurry of participants, including a white supremacist who exclaimed “We must secure the existence of white people as a race.” LaBeouf quickly shut him down, shouting the project’s mantra in his ear directly in front of the camera.

Aside from the protester, the project has introduced people like Leo, a man who stood in front of the camera for over three hours on Sunday night and endured a mini-Trump rally and white supremacists because “at this time, we need compassion and unity to be what we’re focusing on.” Leo was joined by Alexi and Richie, two people who he had never met before, who stood in solidarity with Leo, inspired by his dedication.

You can watch the livestream at http://www.hewillnotdivide.us.

Austin Elias-De Jesus
Austin is an editorial intern at Law Street Media. He is a junior at The George Washington University majoring in Political Communication. You can usually find him reading somewhere. If you can’t find him reading, he’s probably taking a walk. Contact Austin at Staff@Lawstreetmedia.com.



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