Shia LaBeouf's Apology for Plagiarizing Oakland's Daniel Clowes Is Itself Plagiarized
Daniel Clowes/ Wired The original work
Somehow, former-Disney-star-turned-A-minus-list-actor, Shia LaBeouf, didn't think anyone would notice that he plagiarized the work of Berkeley cartoonist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes (Art School Confidential, Ghost World).
What's even worse is that no one seemed to notice for a year -- as LaBeouf presented his short film, HowardCantour.com, at film festivals such as the St. Louis International Film Festival, the Phoenix Film Festival, Aspen's Shortsfest, and Cannes.
It wasn't until the work hit the Internet on Monday that Clowes' fans realized they had seen that work before, in Clowes' 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano. Wired notes the comic and film both open with nearly identical monologues.
And now, LaBeouf's apology, spanning six tweets -- only the last one sums up the entire plagiarism issue -- looks to be plagiarized as well. As Wired points out, a user on Yahoo! Answers posted something very similar -- only that this user, Lili, posted this mea culpa four years ago.
Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
The HowardCantour.com website is now a blank, black screen. But if you want it, go ahead and read the original.
Here's to hoping the Even Stevens star starts speaking in his own words -- whatever they are.
I fucked up.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013