When you mess up a lot, you have to learn how to apologize, and apologize quickly. No one knows this better than I do, for I find myself constantly apologizing for the dumb things I can't seem to stop doing. So when Gawker asked us each to pick our biggest hero of 2013, who better than Shia LaBeouf himself, The Greatest Apologizer Of Our Time? Not only did he have to apologize for his initial plagiarism, he then had to apologize for plagiarizing his apology, and follow it up with multiple apologies about the manner in which he apologized. He is a cannibalistic tapeworm of regret, and god bless him, because it has taken some of my mom's heat off of me—at least until his PR flack takes away his Twitter feed, anyways.
More Gawker heroes: Ken Layne on Pope Francis, Hamilton Nolan on Subway Brie Man, Cord Jefferson on Vanessa Van Dyke, Rich Juzwiak on Kanye West, Camille Dodero on Antoinette Tuff, J.K. Trotter on Erik Wemple, Adam Weinstein on Alice Munro, Taylor Berman on Anthony Graves, Beejoli Shah on Shia LaBeouf, Caity Weaver on Beyoncé Selfie Perfect Teen, Sam Biddle on Josh Tetrick, Lacey Donohue on Wendy Davis, Tom Scocca on Ai Weiwei, Max Read on @Dril, and John Cook on Rob Ford.