Fans are rallying to #FreeShia LaBeouf after an arrest at his Donald Trump protest installation
Does anyone else have an extreme case of déjà vu right about now? If so, it’s probably because Shia LaBeouf was just arrested (again), and fans are rallying to save him with a #FreeShia hashtag on Twitter (again).
This time around, LaBeouf was charged with misdemeanor assault and a harassment violation on Wednesday night, after an alleged confrontation with a man at LaBeouf’s “He Will Not Divide Us” installation in New York City.
The instillation, which is in protest of Donald Trump’s presidency and can be viewed on a 24-hour livestream, has already seen its share of objectors, with LaBeouf peacefully taking on a white supremacist earlier this week.
This time around, a Twitter fan account for the instillation claims the arrest happened when a man embraced LaBeouf then told him that “Hitler did nothing wrong.” LaBeouf angrily pushed the man away. (This was caught on camera, but we won’t be embedding hatred. You can view it on Twitter here.)
However, another video shows LaBeouf dragging a different man off camera by the hand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vnDzVpkIHk
LaBeouf was freed early in the morning, and was later seen back on his livestream. However, fans are still very upset that this happened in the first place — and #FreeShia has been trending like wild all morning.
Many people have jokes.
But others are pointing out that it doesn’t seem fair for LaBeouf, who is Jewish, to suffer legal consequences for pushing away a Nazi who came after him.
Overall, people just seem to be proud of LaBeouf for making his voice heard in such a profound, consistent way.
…Including Jaden Smith.
Of course we’ll have to wait until we get more information before we pass judgment on LaBeouf, who has been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor criminal trespassing, misdemeanor drunk driving, and disorderly conduct and criminal trespass in the past, or on those who booked him. But either way, the anti-semitism we witnessed LaBeouf endure at his instillation is sickening, and a firm reminder of why we admire LaBeouf so much for putting himself out there and protesting hatred and division in America.