I write about celebrities every single day, so I’m usually pretty on top of what they’re up to, but I think today is just destined to be a confusing day for me. I’ve already been baffled by Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, and Dakota Fanning, and now you can add Ye Olde Shia LaBeouf to the list.
Not that it should surprise anyone at this point, but Shia is putting on an art show this week. Because of course he is. He didn’t paint anything or make a sculpture or even write any poetry, because that would be far too easy for my silly little brain to understand. No, he had a different approach, which was sitting in a room from 11:00am to 6:00pm while strangers came in one by one to watch him cry. Goddamnit, Shia LaBeouf.
Is this a continuation of the whole plagiarism joke, or is this a real thing you’re doing because you’re genuinely losing your mind? It’s hard for me to write about if I don’t know, so I guess let’s just do the facts.
Shia’s show is a performance art installation entitled #IAMSORRY, and it’s up at the Cohen Gallery on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles from yesterday through Sunday during the times I listed above. When you come in, you’ll be confronted with a tableful of props including a pink ukulele, a bottle of Jack Daniels, a whip, some Hershey’s kisses, a bouquet of daisies, a pair of pliers, a Transformer, and a bowl of angry tweets about him. You choose one, and are ushered through a curtain to where Shia sits, a paper bag over his head with the now-infamous words ‘I am not famous anymore’ scrawled over it.
And at that point, it’s all up to you what you do, but just know that it will probably make Shia cry, as that’s what he’s been doing at people so far. If you want to get him to remove the paper bag, asking him for proof that he’s Shia LaBeouf worked for The Daily Beast, and just straight up asking him to was successful for TMZ. Sometimes he’ll smile, but other than that, it’s apparently hard to get much of a reaction out of him that isn’t tear-based, unless you ask to hold or shake his hand, a request which history (and Vulture) suggests he’ll oblige. Signs ask you not to take pictures, but as you can see from the photo above, Shia won’t stop you.
Welp. I’m officially baffled, but have a suspicious feeling that this isn’t the weirdest thing Shia will get up to before the week is out.