Shia LaBeouf Is Plagiarism Incarnate

December 17th, 2013 // 28 Comments
Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf found himself in some shit yesterday when a few hours after posting his short film Howard, the Internet discovered he plagiarized the entire thing from Daniel Clowes comic Justin M. Damiano who had never met Shia before or had any idea about his short film. Once the news hit, The Beef quickly pulled down the film and went radio silent before eventually issuing an apology at three in the morning. Via Gawker:

Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work. In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation. I’m embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. 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. I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work. I fucked up.

Except here’s where it gets better along with being classic Beef. His apology? Also plagiarized:

As some on Twitter have pointed out, it seems even the first part of LaBeouf’s apology may have been plagiarized from a Yahoo! Answers user named Lili.

Jesus. How fucking devoid of original thought do you have to be to plagiarize an apology? You say what you did wrong, offer an honest explanation, and then go about your business filming women puking. It’s simple as that. Don’t try and make it a literary tome because not once has someone said, “Wow, that was so beautifully written, I completely forgot about the blatantly stupid bullshit you just pulled.” Believe me, I’ve tried. Although most of those cases involved losing pets and/or children under my care which people seem to get really pissed about for some reason. I don’t know what they want me to do.

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  1. JungleRed

    I’m basking in schadenfreude. This fucker needs to go down harder than R. Kelly.

  2. It takes a special breed of retard to look to Yahoo answers for shit to plagiarize.

  3. Pretty sure he plagiarized my name too. There can only be one Beef.

  4. Lars Von Trier already got a nifty sequel to “Nymphomaniac”. It’s called “Plagiarist Motherfucker.”

  5. If he plagiarizes the apology for stealing the apology, we are into Francoesque faux performance art.

  6. JC

    “In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the copy-and-paste process and neglected to follow proper accreditation.”

    Fixed it.

  7. coljack

    There are worse things. He could have used his fame and influence in an under-privileged community to systematically rape 14-year old girls…or not bothered to post a Most Important People on the Internet after last week. You know – truly heinous stuff that ruins people’s lives.

  8. Plagiarism is always the biggest thing in Hollywood.

  9. coljack

    When’s he going to apologize for his acting? For anyone who’s seen his “performance” in I, Robot, that’s the real crime.

  10. now if only he could plagiarise a great acting career…

  11. I love how he thinks that if he just said “Inspired by Justin M. Damiano by Daniel Clowes,” everything would have been okay. It’s not like he needed permission or copyright clearance or anything like that, right?

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to the screenplay I’m writing about a boy raised by a hippie and a Vietnam vet who lucks into fame as an actor when he’s cast as the lead in a popular robot-movie franchise, thinks he’s achieved stardom on his own acting merits, and becomes the biggest entitled douchebag Hollywood has ever seen. Totally original story; any resemblance to an actual person is completely coincidental.

    “The Story of Sunni ElCarne” © 2013 TomFrank’s Ghost – All Rights Reserved

  12. My god, he’s a bag of dicks.

    • Mohawk Disco

      He can’t be a bag of dicks because dicks have an original idea and purpose. They are going after pussy. Which Shia LaBeouf happens to be, so… I don’t know where I’m going with this…

      • Let me rephrase. A bag of flaccid, tiny ones. Also a bag of dicks is useless without the human attached to it. And being a p**** bearer, I bleed and don’t die, so my down theres are magical and I’ll not malign them by comparing them to Shia.

    • JimBB

      Hey, come on now, that’s really not fair. A bag of dicks is way more useful, and likeable.

      • really – even a bag of disembodied flaccid dicks could be left in the freezer overnight, and then used to beat the absolute hell out of douchebags like Shia labeouf.

  13. cc

    Hmmm, he looks as though he has poor grooming…is that really surprising?

  14. He could always plagiarize “The Superficial” website , by the way is my *fav site* always. But he is a scruffy hedgehogs ass, with a face only the the guy who throws out the afterbirth at the hospital. Too much info?

  15. Mohawk Disco

    I’m starting to enjoy his moronic meltdowns more and more. He’s the new Miley Cyrus. Dumb, talentless, and arrogant. Just PLEASE don’t get naked.

  16. Margaret

    DOOOOOOSH!!! I can’t stand seeing him on “film”. He is terrible. Thank goodness his blip of regular work seems about over, but a shame that his terribleness has netted him millions, albeit from turkey films. What. An. Ahole.

  17. kimmykimkim

    Actors aren’t creative people. They memorize shit that someone else wrote and act the way directors tell them to act for a
    living. So this is not surprising in the least.

  18. After it was discovered that Shia plagiarised the apology as well, he decided to issue a follow up apology in a form of a song. It was actually pretty good. It was called ‘My Apologies’ and went something like this:

    “What else should I be?
    All apologies
    What else could I say?
    Everyone is gay
    What else should I write?
    I don’t have the right
    What else should I be?
    All apologies
    – Shia LeBoof”

  19. master thespian at work

    nonnononononononono no

  20. Jenn

    I hope they make him write lines for copying off someone else’s paper. And also pay money. Lots of money.

  21. And then there is this:

    read the comments. none of this surprises me.

  22. whatever

    at least he owns up to taking stuff that is not his and passing it off as his own, he should enter his own mind to find his own creativity, in creating stuff and in writing apologies, how the f-ck does not an apology flow easily from your own embarrased-to-have-been-caught mind?
    don’t get too excited about work that might be someone elses, if you like what you do – you most likely stole it, if your name is shia

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