WTF: The Shia LaDrunk Bandwagon

The cops come down hard on Shia LeBeouf

It was bound to happen. Young actor Shia LaBeouf has finally cracked under the pressure of Hollywood. He tried getting thrown out of a Walgreens last year. Got some press for that, but it was hardly the actions of a bad boy. Before that, his biggest brush with the long arm of the law was being cited for smoking in a non-smoking area.

To finally get noticed by the tabloid press, LaBeouf decided to relive a Transformers moment plowing his truck into another vehicle, flipping over and leaving himself needing “extensive surgery.” (One can only wonder if Michael Bay wishes the cameras were rolling for that one.)

While LaBeouf was cleared of fault in the accident, he was arrested for driving under the influence and has soiled his squeaky-clean reputation he’s enjoyed since first becoming a star on the Disney Channel’s Even Stevens. This is all old news, but the story is far from over.

Now, the vultures are coming out of the woodwork.

I expected an organization like MADD to jump on this news story. After all, the hottest up-and-coming actor – anointed by Steven Spielberg himself – is the perfect poster boy for the “it could happen to anyone” campaign.

But they’re not the only ones trying to get some publicity out of this. Recently, Khloe Kardashian has given some unsolicited advise to LaBeouf. She has urged him to “be smarter” and to learn from his mistake the way she did.

Her incarceration time is barely long enough to watch her sister’s infamous sex tape with all the bonus features. What sort of lessons did Kardashian #2 learn from her 173-minute stint in jail?

Kardashian said to LaBeouf: “Think about your actions and get a driver. It’s so much cheaper in the long run.”

Here it comes… Wait for it… What the fuck?

It’s cheaper? That’s why we shouldn’t drink and drive? That’s all this second-fiddle reality non-star princess cares about? Spoken like a true trust fund child. Who cares about personal injury when you might suffer a hefty fine.

Figures. This girl is so direly craving publicity that she’s trying to become the Dr. Phil of the reality TV series crowd.

I’m not giving LaBeouf a pass for his DUI and subsequent crash, which could have killed a family of four as easily as it left him and co-star Isabel Lucas with minor head injuries. But I will give him credit with at least taking responsibility for his actions.

But advice from Khloe Kardashian to avoid DUIs because it’s cheaper in the long run? Might as well not murder someone ‘cause it’ll cost you too much to get a lawyer.

Welcome to the big time, Shia.

Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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