The third location for “He Will Not Divide Us” was not disclosed by LaBeouf following disruptive incidents at previous exhibitions. However, by analyzing flight contrails and even celestial navigation, users from 4chan managed to pinpoint the new location in under two days.
Page Six reports 4chan users “started studying planes flying over the flag, and took note of flight times” in order to determine where it may be. They also “studied the sun and star patterns behind the flag,” as well as taking note of a picture of LaBeouf in a Tennessee diner to narrow down the area where the flag was hidden. A 4chan user in the suspected area drove around honking the horn of his car so that it could be heard on the video stream, allowing others to triangulate where the flag could be based on the driver’s location.
The flag was found in the middle of the night and taken down.
Shia LaBeouf started this protest/art project where supporters chant”He will not divide us” for the next four years into a camera. It’s been a pretty significant totem pole for liberals to gather since the election, and in the same token a flashpoint for alt-right conservatives/fascists to gloat and collectively poke the bears that support it.
Well the location had to be moved twice already, so now the intention is to hang quote bearing flag in a secret location, safe from any vandals trying to detract from it’s message. A 24 hour live stream was set up, and the flag was raised with literally nothing in the background to give any clues about its location.
Shia thought he won this one. Probably had a big ole grin on his face when the stream went up. What he didn’t realize is that the guys over at 4Chan LIVE for this stuff. They pride themselves on being armchair detectives, digging into photographs, circling things in red… pretty much going straight McConaughey in True Detectives. Finding the flag and taking it down became a huge mission for conservative trolls on the internet, and boy did they pull out all the stops. They used flight contrails, constellation patterns… even had some dude drive around Tennessee honking his horn until it was heard on the stream. The dedication was staggering.
You know when you were little and you would spend hours trying to beat a boss or a level in a video game. Your mom would walk by you and give you that little ” you know if spent half the time you applied to those stupid video games on your school work you would be valedictorian” type speeches. Well if these guys spent half the time they spent looking for this flag on something productive in life, I’m 10000% confident they could find a cure for cancer, map the human genetic code, and solve world hunger before sunset. It Took less than 24 hours for them to find the flag, bring it down, and replace it with a MAGA hat. You have to respect that hustle. I don’t care what side your on, who you voted for, or whether you rock a safety pin or a Pepe pin.
As someone who loathes both sides of this epic game of capture the flag, I for one am just excited to see how the battle goes over the next four years. Just tit for tat all over the country. I’m sure after everything is all said and done, Shia will have this thing in a U.S. Constitution grade vault.