I’m not really sure what to make of this one, but here goes nothing. You know how Shia LaBeouf did that whole #IAMSORRY performance art thing in Los Angeles back in February, where he sat in a chair with a paper bag over his head and let people say and do whatever they wanted in the room with him? Well, it seems now he’s saying that he was stripped and raped by a woman during that time – a revelation he made in an email interview with a journalist from Dazed, apparently.
Did any experiences stand out to you as particularly moving or unsettling?
Shia LaBeouf: One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me… There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with dishevelled hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well. On top of that my girl was in line to see me, because it was Valentine’s Day and I was living in the gallery for the duration of the event – we were separated for five days, no communication. So it really hurt her as well, as I guess the news of it travelled through the line. When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful.
Huh. Well, it would be wrong of me to discount accusations like these just because they came from a man, or just because they came from someone who has a history of being incredibly mentally unstable and has a penchant for lying. It all just seems so bizarre, so nonchalant, and I kinda can’t see this actually happening. Performance art or not, you don’t just sit there while someone is raping you. There are limitations.
This whole thing is far too complicated for me to even delve into, so I’ll just leave this story with you, but… like, WHAT?