Shia LaBeouf had a long road to travel to rehabilitate his reputation after a 2017 traffic stop in which he told a black police officer that he was going to hell for the color of his skin, accusing them of arresting him for being white, and ranting about his wife watching pornography featuring “black dicks”. But, after a grovelling public apology, completing a year of probation and attending anger management therapy he seemed to have accomplished it.
Hits like Honey Boy (which he also wrote) and The Peanut Butter Falcon won back audiences and he seemed to be on an upward trajectory. There were even credible reports in Variety that Marvel Studios were considering him for a major MCU role, which would have marked his full return to A-list acting.
Then his former partner Tahliah Barnett (aka award-winning musician FKA Twigs) sued him for sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress. This alleged a shocking litany of abusive behavior including strangulation, beatings, intentionally infecting her with an STD, and boasting about driving around LA and shooting stray dogs. The suit says that his “admission to such wanton animal cruelty” left her “profoundly disturbed and terrified.”
I suspect, rightly or not, audiences are able to eventually forgive racism, violence and domestic abuse – but killing dogs for kicks is another matter altogether. As such, scooper Daniel Richtman is reporting that LaBeouf is now Fully Blacklisted In Hollywood. He’s been dropped from every part he was cast in, isn’t attached to any upcoming projects and won’t be considered for any.
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In response, LaBeouf released a statement saying that he’s “sorry to those he hurt”. His attorney told Variety that:
“Shia needs help and he knows that. We are actively seeking the kind of meaningful, intensive, long-term inpatient treatment that he desperately needs.”
This means he’s facing a longer – possibly permanent – spell in the wilderness. And quite right too: ‘cancel culture’ is basically an invention of right-wing media, but if it did exist it should be used on scum like Shia LaBeouf who’re apparently proud of killing animals.