Shia LaBeouf Slams “Celebrity” Says They Are Not Individuals

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Actor Shia LaBeouf had it all. He was one of Hollywood’s youngest and fastest rising stars, and then out of nowhere he decided to retire from the public life. While he is back, working on a few different projects, the actor still is not to keen about being called a celebrity, or a star, and prefers to be known as a performer. In a rare interview, performer opened up to Variety about his return to the industry.

LaBeouf tells Variety that there is a big difference between acting and performing. He says, “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. As a celebrity/star I am not an individual. I am a spectacular representation of a giving human being, the opposite of an individual. The enemy of the individual, in my self as well as in others.

LaBeouf goes onto clarify that celebrities are objects for everyone else, and have no time for themselves. “The requirements to being a star/celebrity are namely, you must become an enslaved body. Just flesh—a commodity, and renounce all autonomous qualities in order to identify with the general law of obedience to the course of things. The star is a byproduct of the machine age, a relic of modernist ideals. It’s outmoded.

We know that these are Shia’s true feelings in regards to celebrity, because he truly has not been active in the entertainment world. We have not seen much of the former Transformer’s star, except for his appearance in Sia’s music video, and a few other random projects.

While Shia LaBeouf may feel very strongly about this situation, his comments did not go unnoticed by fellow celebrity and actor Rob Lowe. The Parks and Recreation star must have read LaBeouf’s comments and disagreed with them, because he tweeted in response, “He’s right. It’s SO hard being famous. So very, very, VERY HARD. Goodbye everyone, I retire as well.

We have to agree with Lowe here. While being in the public eye all the time must be stressful, celebrities know what they are getting themselves into before the sign up. It is one of the adversities that come with fame. It is just something you deal with.

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