Feeling bad for Shia Labeouf will get you nowhere
I really don’t think he’s going through a breakdown. He’s entering the world of performance art and I think it’s really awesome. My personal take is that #iamsorry is a statement on Hollywood and how actors are perceived as “higher up” people, but there in that small room, Shia is lower than you. Maybe he’s saying that everyone in Hollywood is like this - sedated trainwrecks who doesn’t deserve identity. All that’s left of them are toys based off their movies, mean tweets, and comfort food (all things that are offered to you before the encounter). He doesn’t speak to you, he stares at you while you speak to him, just like at red carpet events where the paparazzi scream and demand pictures while the actor stands silent, perhaps crying internally. Here, he cries externally. Through all of this, he’s still wearing a tuxedo, just like celebrities are supposed to. So part of him is saying “I am going to escape this,” while the other part is saying “There is no escape, I have to do what they want.” It’s as if he’s identical to the person he was on the red carpet for Nymphomaniac the night before this all began, like he’s reliving the same nightmare over and over. And at the end of the day, he feels he must apologize to whoever says he did something wrong. His means of apology? A twitter-ready hashtag, implying that the only real way of communication is through the internet where anything can happen. #iamsorry
I could be completely wrong, and I know I’m looking deeply into this, but I think there’s a lot more to it than people are saying. I wish I could experience it myself, because from what I’ve read it sounds like a really visceral experience. I think what he’s doing is awesome and I don’t think it should be passed off as just another celebrity meltdown. This is something we should appreciate, whether you think it’s pretentious or not.