The internet’s most amazing game of capture the flag continued last week, as a gutsy 4Chan user attempted to use a ball of fire suspended from a drone to destroy Shia Labeouf’s “He Will Not Divide Us” flag.
While the brazen drone operator was unsuccessful in setting the flag ablaze, it is unlikely that further attempts won’t be made. The flag is currently flying above the Le Lieu Unique Gallery in the French city of Nantes.
“An uunauthorizeddrone carrying a burning piece of cloth approached the flag to try to set it alight. The fireproof flag was undamaged and the attempt failed,” the Le Lieu Unique Gallery said in a statement to Yahoo News regarding the attempt.
For those who missed the first few rounds, ‘He Will Not Divide Us’ first began as an art installation in New York City, with the actor and artists Luke Turner and Nastja Rönko setting up a camera to livestream outside the Museum of the Moving Image for the duration of President Donald Trump’s term. Protesters were encouraged to visit the camera and chant “He Will Not Divide Us,” but it became a frequent attraction for trolls — particularly from 4Chan.
“Open to all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the participatory performance will be live-streamed continuously for four years, or the duration of the presidency. In this way, the mantra “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” acts as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community,” the description of the installation read.
Less than a week into the installation’s existence, Labeouf was arrested on the livestream on suspicion of assault.
On February 10th, 2017, the livestream was removed due to alterations taking place between trolls, Trump supporters, and the protesters.
“The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the museum, its visitors, its 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 at the site of the installation and ultimately necessitated this action,” Page Six reported at the time.
Just over a week later, the camera was moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the camera was quickly vandalized with paint. After gunshots were heard in the area of the installation it was removed, once again.
This is when the real fun began. Realizing that his streams were a failure, Labeouf opted to instead use a webcam pointed at a flag featuring the phrase in an undisclosed location. Users of the 4chan forum began using flight patterns and mapping stars to determine it’s location.
— Trigger-Happy #AEG (@Trigg3r__H4ppy) March 8, 2017
On March 9, the flag was replaced with a “Make America Great Again” hat and Pepe the Frog shirt.
At this point, the determined actor decided to take the flag out of America all together, relocating the stream to Liverpool. Unfortunately for Labeouf, the internet was determined, and just one day later the pole was empty — and the last image on the stream before going dark was a masked man.
In October, the flag was moved to France — where it is currently being targeted.
— 8chan /hwndu/ (@8chhwndu) October 29, 2017
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HMM: Actress Rosario Dawson Comes Out as Lesbian Just One Month After She ‘Dated’ Cory Booker
Was she his beard?
Actress Rosario Dawson has officially come out as lesbian, just a month after “dating” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) during his dismal presidential campaign.
“People kept saying that I [came out]… I didn’t do that,” she said during a recent interview with Bustle. “I mean, it’s not inaccurate, but I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now.”
Dawson claims she has only been in relationships with men up until this point, so she didn’t feel comfortable coming out of the closet officially until now.
“I’ve never had a relationship in that space, so it’s never felt like an authentic calling to me,” she said.
She said that her time with Booker forced her to be introspective and discover the truth about her sexuality, which made her comfortable about coming out as a lesbian.
“It’s the first time I felt like I had to be responsible about my choice of love, which is a challenging thing to do,” Dawson said. “If you fall in love, you fall in love. But there’s another aspect I had to consider: what this meant in [putting] a microscope on my family and particularly on my daughter.”
Just last month, Dawson was still keeping up the facade with Booker after he announced that he suspended his presidential campaign.
“Cory, you continue to inspire me everyday,” Dawson tweeted at Booker after he announced his campaign was finished. “On this journey you and your remarkable team have represented the best in us and I know you will continue to. Thank you. I see you. I love you.”
Dawson and Booker began their relationship in early 2019 conveniently before presidential primary season was scheduled to begin, which fueled rumors that Dawson was Booker’s “beard,” a slang term for a woman who poses as a phony girlfriend or wife for a closeted homosexual. She kept awkwardly professing her love for Booker as “beard” rumors were persisting wildly over the internet and social media.
“I’m in love! I am absolutely in love, and it is so exciting,” Dawson said of Booker last year.
“Look, both of us, you know, we’ve had relationships,” Booker said of his lesbian Hollywood girlfriend, “but I’m not sure if I’ve ever fully given myself over to a relationship as much as I have with her and allowed myself to be as vulnerable.”
“I mean, gosh, that night we talked for hours and hours,” he added. “I had trouble asking for her phone number… I think I said something really stupid like, ‘Uh, how would I get in touch with you?’ And she mercifully said something like, ‘Oh, you want my phone number?’ And my insides were like, ‘Hell, yeah!'”
Twitter users were not convinced by the show that the supposed lovers were putting on.
How much money are they paying Rosario Dawson to be Corey Booker's beard? Any guesses?
— Michael (@trendy) March 15, 2019
Rosario Dawson is pretty much a professional beard. Enough said.
And this is not a putdown of Cory Booker, as I'm a gay man myself. I want him to come out. He shouldn't have to hide.
— Hugh Michael Horace Dancy-Evans (@FakingDancy) March 14, 2019
Rosario Dawson is taking one for the team. Pretending to be Cory Booker's girlfriend. In old Hollywood these women were called Beards.
— nelliestirs (@nelliestirs) October 11, 2019
Rosario Dawson and Cory Booker are one of the least convincing I’ve ever seen. I don’t get it, he could’ve at chosen a beard he has chemistry with
— Alex (@XandryNicole) October 10, 2019
Idk, getting Rosario Dawson to be his beard is pretty impressive..
— 9Circles (@9Circles9) October 16, 2019
Rosario Dawson with Cory Booker is a publicity thing nothing more. Dare I say she's his beard. When the election is over they'll mysteriously "part ways"
— 🇪🇹MEEK MANDELA🇪🇹 (@NEGUSNGOLANKOSI) October 16, 2019
The fact that Dawson has come out as a lesbian, and presumably ended her reported relationship with Booker, shortly after the end of his presidential campaign will only add additional fuel to the rumors that have plagued Booker for decades.
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