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:
And then, there was this:
Perhaps Shia LaBeouf has a problem with plagiarism. Or, perhaps he has been Inceptioned, and it's all just playing out now?