Shia LaBeouf's #IAMSORRY apology on Twitter is upsetting fans even more. Looking back at the plagiarism, lies, apologies and paper bags, it's hard to remember a time that the Nymphomaniac actor seemed normal. The latest in LaBeouf's bad behavior includes a performance art installation in Los Angeles that seems like one big f-ck you to his critics and supporters.
So much has happened in LaBeouf's insane life in the last five days, we thought maybe we should take some time to recap. Last Sunday, LaBeouf stormed out of a Berlin press conference for his film Nymphomaniac after giving a puzzling answer: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much." Then he suddenly left the stage. The press conference wasn't even close to done.
His Nymphomaniac co-stars probably didn't want to see LaBeouf's face after that. And they barely did because he showed up at the premiere that night wearing a paper bag over his head that said I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.
Now the troubled actor wants us to believe he is actually sorry. So he has created a performance art installation in L.A. to prove it. The name? You guessed it. #IAMSORRY
But LaBeouf doesn't seem very sorry at all. When fans arrive at the installation — which he says is a collaboration with artists Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner — he asks the viewers to sit with him privately in a small gallery space. When they get to the room they find LaBeouf sitting in a suit with a paper bag on his head. The viewer is then prompted to ask LaBeouf questions.
Of course, reporters have been eager to find out what the #IAMSORRY installation is all about. So Vulture's Kyle Buchanan and a Daily Beast editor both took the opportunity to visit LaBeouf in his private room.
So how does LaBeouf's installation work? It's pretty simple. Finnish artist Nastja Säde Rönkkö urges you to choose an item from a table covered with a bizarre, eclectic mix of Hershey's kisses, whip, novel and Transformers toy. Once you've chosen the item you go meet LaBeouf in the room where he sits with the paper bag over his head.
We're not sure who decided this. But apparently LaBeouf is not allowed to speak at all. The most surprising part of the entire event? Journalists and fans keep on going.
Of course, Shia LaBeouf's latest behavior is far from shocking. In late January LaBeouf said all is crazy actions are, in fact, performance art. “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?”
Shia LaBeouf has said all of his previous antics were simply performance art. “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.
LaBeouf told his Twitter followers: “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.”
LaBeouf added: “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:
Do you believe this is all performance art? Or is Shia LaBeouf just crazy? Let us know your take in the comments section below!