Shia LaBeouf Rips Off Joaquin Phoenix by Blaming Bizarre Behavior on ‘Performance Art’

Shia LaBeouf Rips Off Joaquin Phoenix by Blaming Bizarre Behavior on 'Performance Art'

The “Nymphomaniac” star says public apology is always “performative redress” and all art is “plagiarisum” [sic]

Embattled actor Shia LaBeouf has finally come clean on his weeks and weeks of bizarre behavior, claiming that it's all been one giant piece of performance art.

LaBeouf claims #stopcreating – the hashtag he used to mark his many Twitter apologies – is a project created with the help of “Meta-Modernist” Luke Turner, screenwriter of “Training Day” and “End of Watch” David Ayer, and Kenneth Goldsmith, who in 2013 was appointed the Museum of Modern Art's first poet laureate.

See video: Shia LaBeouf Re-Emerges Into Public Life With Bar Fight, Drunken Ramble About Being ‘Normal’ (Video)

Perhaps the “Nymphomaniac” star doesn't remember that Joaquin Phoenix – who was nominated for an Academy Award (but not for this) – beat him to the punch by five whole years, and kept up the act throughout 2009 in service of Casey Affleck‘s mockumentary “I'm Still Here.”

Or perhaps that's LaBeouf's point.

The actor revealed his master plan on Twitter Monday night in two long posts, which have been since been deleted. Though his motives are unclear, LaBeouf's intentions may have been to start a conversation about the immutability of art and imitation.

“The problem with American artwork, is a problem of subject matter. Artwork keeps getting entangled with the problems of America itself,” LaBeouf wrote in the first post, titled “Twitter As Art,” which was screen captured  on the internet before being deleted. The second post is a lengthy manifesto on what performance art (or a#RT) is.

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“Performance art has been a way of appealing directly to a large public, as well as shocking audiences into reassessing their own notions of art and its relation to culture,” he continued.

“My twitter ‘@thecampaignbook’ is meta-modernist performance art. A Performative [sic] redress which is all a public apology really is.”

He also said his acts of plagiarism were all intentional and served to both open a dialogue about “plagiarism in the digital age” and allow him to release his “authentic creative imagination.”

“All art is either plagarisum [sic] or revolution & to be revolutionary in art today, is to be reactionary. In the midst of being embroiled in acts of intended plagiarism, the world caught me & I reacted,” LaBeouf wrote by way of explanation. “The show began. I became completely absorbed, oblivious to things around me.”

At the end of the post, LaBeouf thanked his audience and offered yet another performative redress.



  • Mike McCormick

    His DUI and almost losing his hand shows how dedicated he is to his performance art.

  • nimportequoi

    Doesn't know what his talking about…phoney artist! Good luck to you in finding your true vocation.

  • BlackPegasus

    This guy….

  • Idiotbrain

    He just keeps opening his mouth and removing all doubt (Mark Twain paraphrase; see, this how you utilize good pre-existing ideas and also attribute them)

  • Idiotbrain

    Wow, after reflecting on this further and letting it sink in and marinate, I'm getting secondary and tertiary–even quarternary– levels of meta-stupid!

  • chitox

    Wow, lol. He's not even good at acting crazy.

  • Michael Lang

    Shia is so full of it.

  • brando

    I like Shia, but exactly when has he ever created “art”?

  • mon_a

    You can't get called out for plagiarism and retroactively claim it was in the name of performance art. At the end of the day this is all an attempt to deflect from the truth and/or overcompensate for his lack of creative prowess. There's nothing profound about playing the meta “art card” to cover for a gaffe.

  • Bagface Johannssen

    He tries so hard, it's almost adorable.

  • Cat

    So THAT act is supposed to make him a good actor ? Get a grip dude , you still have so much to show for , you're still not good at what you do !

  • Cat

    It is soo bad that it's good ?
    Nice try !

  • papparotc

    Shia really should cut back on the meds. Or increase them until a light coma is achieved so he can sleep off this manic episode.

  • KristenRahmin

    What's his excuse for pulling his tooth out, not showering for days, and dropping acid? That makes no sense!