Before Shia LaBeouf's infamous 2017 rant, the Transformers actor was the lovable goofball most of us watched on Disney Channel's Even Stevens. It shocked many when the racist incident went viral on the internet.
In a recent Esquire profile, LaBeouf revealed that the racist rant was one of his biggest regrets. He blamed his white privilege and desperation for his racist outburst aimed at black and white police officers.
“What went on in Georgia was mortifying. White privilege and desperation and disaster," he told Esquire. "… It came from a place of self-centered delusion … It was me trying to absolve myself of guilt for getting arrested.” And finally, “I f**ked up.”
LaBeouf was arrested after he asked a police officer to bum a smoke while filming The Peanut Butter Falcon, a movie about a disabled man who leaves a nursing home to become a pro wrestler, in Savannah, Georgia. When the officer declined to fulfil his request, LaBeouf became irate.
Footage obtained by TMZ showed LaBeouf acting drunk and belligerent while in cuffs and in the back of a police car and at the station. The actor ranted at a black officer saying he was “stuck in a police force that doesn’t give a f**k ’bout you. So you want to arrest, what, white people who give a f**k?”
He suggested that a white officer’s wife watched porn involving “licking a black d*ck,” continuing “Don’t you feel like, ‘F**k, man, I ain’t got all the goods?’” He calls various officers “b**ch” and “whore” numerous times.
After shedding his child actor roles, LaBeouf has ventured into more auteur-driven works and was on track to redefine his career until the Georgia incident and a rehab stint. Hopefully this revelation helps him get his life back on track.