In the summer of 2017, Shia LaBeouf was arrested for disorderly conduct in Savannah, Georgia, where he was filming a movie. During his arrest, he hissed a plethora of racial and sexist insults to the police. Shia is finally talking about the shit buffet he served up during his arrest, and a now-sober Shia is really ashamed of what he did.
Shia spoke to Esquire to promote his upcoming film, Borg vs. McEnroe, and he admitted that the Shia LaBeouf we’ve come to expect has become pretty cringe-y.
“I’m a buffoon. My public outbursts are failures. They’re not strategic. They’re a struggling motherfucker showing his ass in front of the world. I’ve got to look at my failures in the face for a while. I need to take ownership of my shit and clean up my side of the street a bit before I can go out there and work again, so I’m trying to stay creative and learn from my mistakes. I’ve been falling forward for a long time.”
Okay so forget about all the bad art and the french fry meltdowns, get to the point, Shia. The point being: what was he thinking when he let so much garbage pour out of his mouth in that Georgia police station. According to Shia, if you ever needed the definition of “white privilege,” there it is.
“What went on in Georgia was mortifying. White privilege and desperation and disaster…It came from a place of self-centered delusion…It was me trying to absolve myself of guilt for getting arrested. I fucked up.”
Shia went on to say that while he was in rehab last year, he was diagnosed with PTSD stemming from a dysfunctional relationship with his dad, and messy childhood that included hearing his mother being raped. He says he struggled with aggression ever since, and that it was no surprise when he started drinking too much.
In October Shia plead guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to one year probation and anger management, and was required to pay $2,680 in fines. And now he’s on the cover of Esquire looking pensive while holding apples. I think the only thing more white privilege-y than that might be threatening to kill the officers arresting you and implying you’ll burn their police station down. Which is crazy, because how in the world did a severely drunk, delusional Shia not threaten to burn something down at least once?