“The craft of acting for film is terribly exclusive and comes with the baggage of celebrity, which robs you of your individuality and separates you. The performance work is democratized and far more inclusive…The enemy of the individual, in myself as well as in others. The celebrity/star is the object of identification, with the shallow seeming life that has to compensate for the fragmented productive specializations which are actually lived. The requirements to being a star/celebrity are namely, you must become an enslaved body.”
Although Shia LaBeouf was trying to make a point, he has outraged people on Twitter.
Shia LaBeouf's Gross Rattail Says Celebrities are 'Enslaved Flesh' http://t.co/SLwPx7IbzC— pajiba (@pajiba) April 17, 2015
So, #ShiaLeBeouf compares the way celebrities are treated to slavery. What an absolute idiot. People should boycott his movies!— Omar Lares (@Olares1988) April 17, 2015
On the site Gossip Cop, commenters weren’t too kind to Shia LaBeouf after their story on his alleged enslavement.
“Can’t stand this pretentious idiot. He obviously has no idea what it means to be really enslaved. First, there was actual slavery, people being owned by others to work for nothing. There are millions of young women who are enslaved in sex trafficking. Jesus, even most people have to work a jobs they hate just to put food on the table. But somehow, this idiot who has NEVER had a real job in his entire life is the one who’s really suffering? F.U. dude,” said a user named “Seriously.”
However, a user called “Love Forever” believes Shia LaBeouf has a point about the way celebrities are mistreated.
“The elite in Hollywood likes to suck the life out of people for their benefits. Shia LaBeouf is not the only celebrity who came out and spoke of this issue. Michael Jackson was saying this stuff for years before he died. There are plenty of celebrities, white or black, who spoke about enslavement in Hollywood,” the commenter refutes.
Even if Shia LaBeouf was trying to make a good point, his choice of words may put him in hot water. People like Al Shartpton and Jesse Jackson are always on the lookout for people who make statements that can be construed as insulting to African Americans. One should just ask Don Imus, even though his comments were far more severe. There are also several “Social Justice Warrior” websites such as Jezebel, Gawker, and Salon that will no doubt condemn Mr. LaBeouf for his comments. Do you think Shia LaBeouf went too far with words in his interview? Let us know in the comments section.
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