Tuesday, 18 - 02 - 2014
I need to talk about Shia…
By now you have probably heard about Shia LaBeouf, the star of movies such as Holes, Transformers, Disturbia, and Indiana Jones having a downward spiral into a brown paper bag on his head that reads, “I am not famous anymore”. From Tuesday through Sunday he was an art exhibit where he sat down in a room and fans could actually come face to face with him for as long as they wish, but he would refuse to talk (pictured above).
At first I heard about this through a YouTube channel that I subscribe to called ScreenJunkies. In the video, the host takes a camera with him and basically harasses Shia with blunt statements as he just stares back at him with tears stained to his face. Watching that video it absolutely sickens me that part of me was entertained by the man’s comments to him that were in reality outright rude and uncalled for to a man who is obviously going through some serious shit right now. It sickens me that I know that the host of ScreenJunkies was not the only one who went into that room and acted like a complete jerk.
Last night I checked out the Shia LaBeouf tag on Tumblr to see if I could read other people’s experiences at the exhibit and this has completely reshaped my view on this seemingly pretentious campaign that Shia put on for the world. The stories that the people of Tumblr had to share we’re completely moving and offered a perspective to me that I simply cannot shake.
We hear everyday about the figures of the entertainment industry falling down and we seem to poke fun at them like its nothing, because it doesn’t directly affect us. Shia in that exhibit offered humanity to those people. They were given a chance to sit one-on-one with another human being and they were given the choice to treat him like one or treat him like an exhibit zoo animal and walk off with a funny story to tell to their friends. This seems to have been a form of a social experiment initiated by Shia spontaneously. The stories I read brought me nearly to tears as users talked about how in a few minutes they were impacted in such a way by Shia and he didn’t have to talk. I don’t know quite what to do with these strange feelings I have towards this unusual thing but it has impacted me too. There are so many people that laugh and provoke the things that we don’t understand and I see now how incredibly disgusting this is. We are all human in the end and we are in this together. When you see something visibly wrong with a person you should try your best to help them and console them, and what I see is so much hate towards him when he is just a man and he is allowed to make mistakes and receiving the wrath of the world and the media will and does effect someone.
We don’t know what exactly is going on with him and we may never and that’s okay. We are not apart of his life but we are given the illusion that we are. I personally am intrigued by his antics and applaud him for his creativity. I assure you that I am not a radical fanatic for Shia, just someone who grew up watching Even Stevens and loving his movies and I hate to see him result to another train wreck actor to go down in history. If you have read this far thank you for listening to my rant :) I’m not completely sure why, but I felt compelled to express my opinion on the subject.
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