Shia LaBeouf says all of his crazy antics lately have a completely logical explanation: it was performance art, duh. The Transformers actor’s unrelenting apologies have come to a head in a recent Twitter confessional rant, which has since been deleted. Between his blatant plagiarism, Twitter feuds, skywriting apologies, Twitter feuds about the skywriting apologies, and sending picture of his penis to a director to land a role in Nymphomaniac, says this is all a performance. Does it sound crazy to you? Wait, there’s more. He might be ripping off Joaquin Phoenix in the midst of it.
“The problem with American artwork, is a problem of subject matter. Artwork keeps getting entangled with the problems of America itself,” wrote in the first post “Twitter As Art,” a scan of a written page that was deleted shortly after posting. The second post is titled, “But Is It A#RT?”
“Performance art has been a way of appealing directly to a large public, as well as shocking audiences into reassessing their own notions of art and its relation to culture,” he writes.
He addresses his public apologies and even his plagiarism in these letters. “My twitter ‘@thecampaignbook’ is meta-modernist performance art. A Performative [sic] redress which is all a public apology really is.”
“All art is either plagarisum [sic] or revolution & to be revolutionary in art today, is to be reactionary. In the midst of being embroiled in acts of intended plagiarism, the world caught me & I reacted. The show began. I became completely absorbed, oblivious to things around me. I found absorption in what I was doing, freed my conscious and released my authentic creative imagination.”
Does this sounds familiar? Probably because Joaquin Phoenix did this a few years ago in promotion of his mockumentary film I’m Still Here. In an interview with Time in 2012, Phoenix said playing this part—including his shocking David Letterman appearance—freed himself up as an actor. He told Time, “Part of why I was frustrated with acting was because I took it so seriously. I want it to be so good that I get in my own way. It’s like love: when you fall in love, you’re not yourself anymore. You lose control of being natural and showing the beautiful parts of yourself, and all somebody recognizes is this total desperation. And that’s very unattractive. Once I became a total buffoon, it was so liberating.”
LaBoeuf adds, “My use of Twitter started a broad cultural discussion that needs to be had about plagiarism in the digital age *celebrity/social media absurdity.” So, he’s taking one for the team.
Read the deleted posts below:
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