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Veteran apology plagiarizer and sometime actor Shia LaBeouf has proven once again that he has mastered usage of the Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V functions on his computer after apologizing for copying “Ghost World” cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ work — with an apology that bears uncanny similarity to a Yahoo! Answers post, reports BuzzFeed.
BuzzFeed notes that LaBeouf’s short film, “HowardCantour.com,” released on Monday, “is almost a direct adaptation of ‘Justin M. Damiano,’ a 2007 comic written and drawn by famed artist Daniel Clowes,” of whom LaBeouf is a longtime fan. The film does not credit or mention Clowes’ comic at all, however, and LaBeouf makes no mention of Clowes in interviews discussing the film.
“The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I’ve never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf,” Clowes told BuzzFeed. “I’ve never even seen one of his films that I can recall — and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.”
On Monday night, the actor responded to the allegations with a series of apologetic tweets — the first of which bears a strong resemblance to this Yahoo! Answers response:
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
In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
And then, there was this:
I fucked up.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
Perhaps Shia LaBeouf has a problem with plagiarism. Or, perhaps he has been Inceptioned, and it’s all just playing out now?
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
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