Here is how you know everything is terrible: James Franco — a man paid millions to play pretend — wrote a New York Times op-ed supporting Shia LaBeouf — another man who gets paid millions to play pretend.
LaBeouf, as you probably know, has taken to behaving like a jackass lately. He started by plagiarizing a comic written by Dan Clowes. Then when he was called out for plagiarism, he plagiarized his apologies. LaBeouf’s antics culminated in a “performance art piece” which involved him staring at people while wearing a bag over his head. In summary: LaBeouf has been acting like a spoiled child. It’s best to just ignore him, because his life isn’t that bad and he’ll (hopefully) realize that eventually.
Franco being Franco, simply cannot do that. Instead, Franco — who is just as annoying as LaBeouf — described LaBeouf’s art as “a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.” Franco added that LaBeouf’s behavior is basically everyone else’s fault but his own:
Any artist, regardless of his field, can experience distance between his true self and his public persona. But because film actors typically experience fame in greater measure, our personas can feel at the mercy of forces far beyond our control. Our rebellion against the hand that feeds us can instigate a frenzy of commentary that sets in motion a feedback loop: acting out, followed by negative publicity, followed by acting out in response to that publicity, followed by more publicity, and so on.
Oh poor Franco and LaBeouf and the rest of Hollywood! How difficult their lives must be! Every day, being asked to put on makeup and say words to a camera. My god, the struggle.
One question: Do Franco and LaBeouf have any clue what a real problem is? Because being too famous isn’t one. A real problem is having excessive debt. A real problem is losing a loved one to cancer.
The fact that actors even consider things like personas, then write op-eds in the Times about other actors’ personas, shows just how ridiculous they are.
If fretting over fame is your main issue, then you do not have issues. Aside from failing to recognize your privileged life has allowed you to not have issues.