February: Shia Lebouf Live Stream Fail
Shia LaBoeuf had a freak out on a bartender that went viral, and released a movie that sold only 1 ticket in the UK but neither of those stories were nearly as big as LaBoeuf’s failed art project, #HeWillNotDivideUs. Initiated as part protest, part experiment, Shia set up a camera outside Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image that he planned to keep live for the entirety of Trump’s term in office. There were a number of incidents including Shia getting arrested for fighting, and a mere two weeks after it began, the museum shut down the project as being a “flashpoint for violence.” Look on the bright side Shia, it only got shut down 3 years and 11 months early, you had a great run!
April: Passenger Dragged Off United Airlines Plane
Is there anyone in America who didn’t watch this video at least three times? Dr. David Dao had already been seated and was asked to leave the plane when United Airlines needed some seats to transport flight crew. He refused, and was forcibly removed despite that he had done nothing wrong other than refuse to leave. The incident, of course, was caught on video and posted, and the incident blew up so huge that now airlines have revamped their rewards system for people who voluntarily give up their seats. So Dr. Dao may have lost but haven’t we all won? This one dominated late night monologues for at least a week, and still gets yanked out as a reference every once in awhile.