Shia LaBeouf has been in the news a lot lately for… being an asshole, pretty much.
That probably means that Shia LaBeouf is, in fact, an asshole. First it was the news that he plagiarized someone’s graphic novel, then when he was caught he decided that skywriting was the most asinine and apparently appropriate way he could apologize.
Since then, LaBeouf has seemingly decided he doesn’t want to be famous anymore. Because he’s such a talented and insightful artist, he decided to tell the world that by literally wearing a paper bag over his face saying “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” on the red carpet for Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac,” in which LaBeouf appears.
Taking it even further, LaBeouf has started staging a one-man-show in Los Angeles called “#IAmSorry,” in which he sits across from people in an art gallery, stares at them and cries. This is obviously incredibly derivative of performance artist Marina Abramovic’s 2010 MoMA exhibit “The Artist is Present,” in which she basically did the same thing. Obviously he’s trying to make some kind of statement about his own plagiarism, but it just isn’t working.
When told about what the actor was doing in LA, Abramovic called it “manipulative” and sought to separate herself from the actor’s actions. “I’m very happy people are inspired by [my] work, but this is not the same work. I don’t see it as anything to do with me.”
The inspiration trickled down to Jerry O’Connell, who opened his own exhibit next door to LaBeof’s called “#IAmSorryToo.”
#IAmSorryAlso… sorry that Shia LaBeouf ever had a career beyond “Even Stevens.”
J-Connection: Shia LaBeouf’s mother is Jewish.