“Celebrities are lightning rods in a literal sense. The real work of combating bigotry is handled not by groovy street theatrics but by the hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who march and protest and call their legislators.”
– Ginia Bellafante
Shia LaBeouf and the Pitfalls of Celebrity Activism
Shia Lebouf’s attempt to show the strength of the nation in times of division only led to more exemplification of said division. Celebrities attract the attention of all, and like the quotes thought above expressed to us, the real work that is done is by the general population. Positive or negative, LeBouf’s display of art was simply a vessel for the emotions of politically driven citizens.