I know, I know: You don’t care anymore. Your Facebook feed is inundated with pictures of a bearded man who you’d gone for so long without knowing anything about, and no one will shut up about The Beefster, and no one seems to understand either copyright laws or how Freedom of Speech works.
It’s frustrating, so I’m going to make this obligatory post short: First of all, after A&E suspended Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty (which has already taped most of the season’s episodes, which will begin airing in January), the Robertson clan released a statement: “We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.”
Does that mean the show may be over? Maybe! It seems hard to believe that A&E will let the highest-rated show on cable go, but now that the backlash against Phil Robinson’s homophobia is beginning to subside, people are beginning to focus on statements he made about African-Americans, and, well, you can’t use religion to excuse this:
I never heard one of them, one black person, say ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
Eek. Dude’s cooked.
Meanwhile, there’s yet EVEN more plagiarism from Shia LaBeouf, who plagiarized a short film, plagiarized his apology for doing so, then plagiarized another apology from Shepherd Fairey, and then apparently plagiarized the About page on his website. He has also apparently “borrowed” words from, among others, Kanye West, Robert McNamara, and Tiger Woods. There’s too much plagiarism to keep track of at this point, and LaBeouf was never a strong enough, charismatic enough or popular enough actor to overlook all of this, so it’s likely that his career is also headed to Lohan-town.
However, many are suggesting that this LaBeouf mess is all one giant piece of performance art, which gives way too much credit to the man, although … what if Andy Kaufman was behind it the whole time?
Remember when he was dating Carey Mulligan? What in God’s name did she see in him?