Shia LaBeouf called a bartender at a bowling alley racist for refusing to serve him WHAT?

Shia LaBeouf called a bartender at a bowling alley racist for refusing to serve him WHAT?
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Actor and anti-Trump activist Shia LaBeouf is back in the headlines, this time over an altercation with a bartender in a bowling alley in Los Angeles that ultimately led to his ejection.

Ordinarily, a story like this would be relegated to LU’s Web Crawler, if that, but it is receiving “feature post” status because of two points it illustrates. One is how utterly self-absorbed — not to mention intolerant of ordinary working shlubs— the denizens of Tinseltown can be. The second and more compelling point is the ease with which inflammatory labels like racist are thrown about by the Left these days.

According to TMZ, which cites an “eyewitness,” LaBeouf “was there [at the bar in Pinz, a Studio City establishment] for 3 hours pounding back beers.” The breaking point came when LaBeouf, whose recent behaviors have demonstrated that he is easily provoked, placed an order for french fries — and was refused. Why he was refused is unclear. I am aware that bartenders will often do due diligence and refuse to serve drinks to a customer who clearly has had enough. But an order of fries?

Anyhoo, LaBeouf freaked out and called the bartender a “f*cking racist,” for which he was summarily tossed.

Full stop. Racist? Even if French were a race, and even if french fries were an invention of the French (in fact their name comes from a cooking technique, known as frenching, which means “to split into strips”), how are the bartender’s actions racist? Does it have something to do with the actor’s having a French-sounding surname? (His father is of Cajun descent.)

Footage of the incident, ostensibly captured via cell phone, follows. (Warning: Graphic language)

TMZ notes that LaBeouf returned when he realized he was still wearing the lane’s bowling shoes.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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