Twitter Reacts To Shia LaBeouf Laughing Impatience At Zack Gottsagen During Oscars Presentation
Some controversy erupted on Twitter during this year’s Academy Awards, and it came from an unlikely source. Shia LaBeouf attended the Oscars with Zack Gottsagen, an actor who has Down syndrome. LaBeouf and Gottsagen starred together in The Peanut Butter Falcon, a film about the unlikely bond between a man with Down syndrome and a criminal on the run. The two actors presented an award at the ceremony.
However, some people were not happy with how the 33-year-old LaBeouf acted towards Gottsagen, while many jumped to the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull actor’s defense. LaBeouf appeared to laugh at Gottsagen while he struggled to read the winner of the award. Some on Twitter were quick to condemn LaBeouf for his behavior
So disrespectful watching shia leboeuf laughing at / being impatient with a man with special needs on stage at the #Oscars
— Cam Connolly (@c_conn96) February 10, 2020
Another Twitter user wrote, in a now deleted tweet, that, “shia LeBoeuf [sic] literally laughed at kid with special needs.. wtf,” However, there were many Tweets which defended LaBeouf and clarified misunderstandings that some seemed to have.
Dear cancel culture: Shia LaBeouf & Zack Gottsagen are best buds & starred together in a wonderful movie called The Peanut Butter Falcon. They shared the stage together to present an Oscar & Shia helped his friend get through a tough situation. Think before tweeting. #Oscars
— CB (@beranek) February 10, 2020
Shia LaBeouf did not present an Oscar with a “special needs kid”. He presented an Oscar with his Peanut Butter Falcon Co-Star, Zack Gottsagen. #Oscars
— Dr. Kelly Harding (@kd_coons) February 10, 2020
Shia LaBeouf was up there with A FRIEND.
He was patient and helpful when he needed to be.
People are mad for absolutely no reason.
“Cancel Culture” is stupid. Shia LaBeouf did great. pic.twitter.com/gczITFcM5d
— paige machado (@paigero13) February 10, 2020
Despite attending and presenting at the ceremony, LaBeouf and Gottsagen were not nominated for any Oscars.