Red Alert has been covering the ongoing feud between actor Shia Labeouf and 4chan trolls looking to ruin his “He Will Not Divide Us” protest. Labeouf has literally been traversing the United States to no avail in an attempt to find a permanent home for his anti-Trump live stream.
The former Disney star first began his project in New York City. Then he moved it to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He then turned the “He Will Not Divide Us” project into a simple live stream of a flag flying in Greenville, Tennessee. Every time he believed the new location would be the project’s permanent home – and every time he underestimated the power of the internet.
What has become an epic game of capture the flag has now reached international levels.
On March 22, Shia and his group announced the livestream of the “He Will Not Divide Us” flag would continue in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology had adopted the project. Unlike the previous installment of the livestream in Tennessee – where Labeouf attempted to keep the location secret – organizers of the project believed moving it to another continent entirely would eliminate any threat of vandalism or theft.
They were wrong.
Within minutes of the announcement and return of the livestream, users of 4chan and 8chan got to work on how they could steal the flag. Fearing the announcement of the location to be a decoy, they first located the building to verify its placement. They then got to work on how to safely extract the flag — which was being flown on top of a five-story building and contained numerous security guards already on alert.
Ultimately, three individuals were able to scale a nearby building and make it onto the livestream. They commented that the flag was heavily zip tied to the pole and required scissors for removal. Before they were able to remove the flag, the stream went offline, leading to speculation that they may have failed in their attempt. Pictures from the ground later showed that the flag had, in fact, been removed.
The whole process took less than 24 hours.
The removal of the flag, however, came from the Foundation — not the trolls. Police were called once the trespassers were spotted and advised that the flag be removed for safety.
While users of 4chan’s /pol/ board were not able to remove the flag themselves, they once again succeeded in shutting down Shia Labeouf’s “He Will Not Divide Us” protest for a fourth time in a row. Going so far as to move the project across the Atlantic Ocean still wasn’t enough to stop their trolling.
Will Labeouf continue in his attempts to keep a live stream up? For the sake of his sanity, let’s hope not. But for entertainment’s sake – let’s hope so.