So Shia LaBeef LaBoof LaBrat LaBearenstein LaBEOUF. He's the worst, right? In addition to having an annoying name that's hard to type, he's just kind of a giant douche-canteen who's always doing idiotic things like bragging about hitting it with Megan Fox, dissing the Indiana Jones franchise instead of sending out constant prayers of gratitude to whatever unholy god included him in it, and rambling on about how he's a visionary who gets wasted and has sex on camera in order to truly tap into his artistic integrity.
It also turns out that he's a plagiarist, as humiliatingly evidenced by the news that his short film HowardCantour.com was a shameless ripoff of a 2007 comic titled Justin M. Damiano by popular cartoonist Daniel Clowes. LaBeouf has since apologized via Twitter -- if you call that weaselly cop-out an apology, which I certainly don't -- but get this: there's been a new twist regarding Shia LaBeouf's fauxpology. And unbelievably, it makes him look even WORSE.
Here's what LaBeouf posted two days 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
He went on to say,
In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation. Im 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.
He finally admitted the REAL truth, which was that he "fucked up," but his previous statements were pretty much pure crap. I mean, he got so "lost in the creative process," he forgot to start by ASKING PERMISSION to adapt someone else's creative work? And oh hey maybe even pay the guy?
Anyway, the other reason it's crap is because of the mind-bending revelation that the first tweet -- the one that says, "Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work" -- is apparently PLAGIARIZED. Twitter user @andrewhake has pointed out that that quote can be found in an old Yahoo! Answers post, in which a user responded to the question of "Why did Picasso say 'good artists copy but great artists steal'?"
Here's what "Lily" wrote four years ago:
Merely copying isn't particularly creative work, though it's useful as training and practice. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work, and it may even revolutionalize the "stolen" concept.
Oh Shia, Shia, Shia. What the hell, dude. He plagiarized an apology for plagiarizing? This guy is like the Inception of assholery: every time you go a level deeper, there's just MORE ASSHOLE.
By the way, he also plagiarized that weird email he sent to Alec Baldwin back in February. Yeah. Lifted it straight from Esquire magazine. So to borrow -- note I didn't say STEAL -- some words that I think apply rather nicely to your situation, Shia LaBeouf:
"When you have wit of your own, it's a pleasure to credit other people for theirs.” -- Criss Jami
What do you think about this increasingly weird Shia LaBeouf situation? I mean, is he straight-up crazy, or just so arrogant he doesn't think he'll be found out? Is this ... AFFLUENZA?
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