Morgan took to Twitter to express his outrage over LaBeouf's recent statement that he was raped by a woman during a five-day performance art exhibit, in which LaBeouf wore a paper bag over his head and people were invited to sit alone with him.
"One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothes and proceeded to rape me..." LaBeouf said in an e-mail interview with Dazed & Confused magazine.
According to LaBeouf, news of the incident spread through the line at the exhibit. His girlfriend, Mia Goth, even found out what had happened. Because of the requirements of the exhibit, however, they were unable to speak and LaBeouf couldn't talk about it.
Morgan isn't buying it.
Shia LaBeouf's claim to have been 'raped' is truly pathetic & demeans real rape victims. Grow up, you silly little man.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 28, 2014
A Hollywood actor sitting with a paper bag over his head who did nothing as he claims a woman 'raped' him has not been raped. #labeouf— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 28, 2014
People are actually defending Shia LaBeouf. The world's gone mad. He's invented a supposed 'rape' for cheap PR - utterly shameful.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 28, 2014
Not only did Morgan make it clear that he doesn't believe LaBeouf was, by definition, raped, he even went so far as to say that LaBeouf was lying about the entire incident for the sake of publicity.
Yes & LaBeouf insults them all with this nonsense > RT @Auragasmic Men CAN be raped. Men are OFTEN the victims of rape.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 28, 2014
Shia LaBeouf should apologise for his outrageous 'rape' claim & those who defend him should be ashamed of themselves.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 28, 2014
Shia LaBeouf invited people to do they want to him, then let a woman 'rape' him without doing or saying a word? Utterly ridiculous.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 29, 2014
The supposed 'rapist' is easily traceable, this was a public event. I suggest Mr LaBeouf now calls the police to report his 'rape'.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 29, 2014
Morgan's comments call into question not only the legitimacy of LaBeouf's claims but also the definitions of rape and consent. If a person who theoretically has the ability to fight and say no does neither of those things when someone initiates sex, is that, in essence, giving consent? Or does consent have to be given verbally in order to be valid?
This fascinating discussion clearly does not have black-and-white answers, as evidenced by the passionate outcry raised by people supporting LaBeouf and people who are outraged by his claim.
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