Check it out: Activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza had a buddy film himself attempting to steal an artifact from the Louvre Museum! The purpose? To reclaim the sculpture for Africa, from where it was originally stolen.
One problem: The sculpture isn't from Africa. It's an 18th-century Indonesian sculpture.
Just watch this goofball:
In the video, Emery removes the sculpture from its stand, and attempts to walk off with it, before another visitor attempts to stop him. Emery responds by saying (in French), "Where is your conscience?"
To be honest, I almost want to see how this was supposed to play out in his mind. Like, was he literally just going to walk that statue all the way back to Africa? Try to sneak it in his carry-on luggage? What would he have done after heroically smuggling this sacred piece of African heritage all the way to Congo... only to find out that it was actually from Indonesia?
Can you imagine the walk of shame after he realizes this tiny error? Would he have smuggled it into Indonesia? Where would he leave it? Just walk right into some random ancient Indonesian tourist trap, and quietly leave it there?
I have so many questions!
Not surprisingly, considering he filmed himself committing the act, Emery was apprehended and has been banned from entering any museums.
The moral of the story is: Kids, if you're going to go to the trouble of breaking the law in some sort of social justice demonstration... make sure you've done the bare minimum amount of research.
Or, you know, read the little sign next to the ancient artifact you're thinking of stealing. Those things are pretty informative.