But will the gay community forgive and forget?
“The video tape that is currently being circulated is several years old and captures Shia playing a game amongst friends in which he uses a derogatory word towards a friend.
"He regrets having used the word in any capacity and is very embarrassed that this footage is being seen by anyone,” said LaBeouf’s publicist.
The Indiana Jones and Transformers star has in the course of a year faced arrest for refusing to leave a Walgreens when the store closed and was caught smoking marijuana in public.
Now the actor, who turned 22 yesterday, can add YouTube star to his resume—but not the kind of star he might like to be known as.
Rule number one in entertainment—don’t piss off the gays, especially since, in general, they run the blogosphere.
In the video, LaBeouf—who appears to be drunk—seems to have dared his friend to slap him as hard as he can while the camera is rolling.
Friends can be heard in the background cheering and egging each other on. Early in the video, before the slap, LeBeouf taunts his friend with words like “faggot” and “bitch.”
Posted early Tuesday, the video has gone viral, focusing loads of negative press on the young star. Angry bloggers including Perez Hilton and DListed helped to circulate LaBeouf's homophobic video.