So, earlier this week we told you about actor and performance artist Shia Labeouf at his live streaming project, He Will Not Divide Us, taking his protest right up to the line by shouting down a racist who wanted to get some camera time. It was classic Shia, in the best non-violent way.
Well, not even a week later and the 30-year-old Transformers actor has taken it next level, this time crossing the proverbial line and earning himself a misdemeanor assault charge. Just after 12 am on Thursday morning, Shia was arrested (and later released) for pulling a man to the ground by a scarf he was wearing around his neck and scratching his face in the process.
Oh Shia. Poor, silly, hot-tempered Shia. He is, no doubt, a passionate man, but when a peaceful protest becomes physical in nature, it’s time to pump the brakes.
The event took place outside of the New York Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, at the site of Labeouf and collaborators’ anti-Trump protest piece, a live streaming video that invites passersby to stand and recite the words, “he will not divide us” as many times as they like, night or day for the next four years, or for as long as Trump is president.
It’s unclear what prompted the scuffle, though reports suggest the victim was heard asserting,“Hitler did nothing wrong.”
You can watch the arrest happen here:
“His victim was a 25-year-old male,” the police officer told Us magazine. “For whatever reason, Shia grabbed his scarf that was tied around his neck and head, and pulled him to the ground. The man was left with scratches on his face and red marks around his neck.”
We can’t say we’re surprised, but we are a little disappointed. Your protest was meant to “not divide us,” remember Shia. It’s pretty hard not to be divided when you’re in jail.
If anything, this news reminds us how best (and worst) to protest.