Shia LaBeouf Says Plaigarism Was ‘Performance Art’

LaBeouf says his recent acts of plagiarism, in which he tried to pass off the work of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes as his own, was done on purpose to start conversations about "plagiarism in the digital age."

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By JasonBlue - 1/22/2014


LaBeouf says his recent acts of plagiarism, in which he tried to pass off the work of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes as his own, was done on purpose to start conversations about "plagiarism in the digital age." This is something many had predicted on this site while the former Transformers star acted mentally disturbed on twitter.

On Monday night LaBeouf made the revelation on Twitter, with two lengthy posts - which have since been deleted.

"The problem with American artwork, is a problem of subject matter. Artwork keeps getting entangled with the problems of America itself," he wrote in the first post, according to The Wrap. The post was titled "Twitter As Art."

"Performance art has been a way of appealing directly to a large public, as well as shocking audiences into reassessing their own notions of art and its relation to culture," he reportedly wrote. "All art is either plagarisum or revolution & to be revolutionary in art today, is to be reactionary," he wrote. "In the midst of being embroiled in acts of intended plagiarism, the world caught me & I reacted… The show began. I became completely absorbed, oblivious to things around me."La Beouf continued "My twitter '@thecampaignbook' is meta-modernist performance art. A Performative redress which is all a public apology really is."


In conclusion, the "Transformers" actor apologized for his recent actions.

Shia LaBeouf is not the first actor to do a mockumentary. Rumored Lex Luthor, actor Joaquin Phoenix did his own mockumentary in 2009's "I'm Still Here," where he convinced the public that he would quit acting to pursue a career in music (rapping to be exact).

Below are the documents he published to prove that this had all been "performance art":

Source: NY Daily News
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Erik10101 - 1/22/2014, 9:59 AM
Interesting.
Desrow - 1/22/2014, 10:00 AM
Was not this punk "retired of social media" like a week ago??
Dmon - 1/22/2014, 10:03 AM
Actors LOL they are so dumb and full of themselves and shit.
BlackIceJoe - 1/22/2014, 10:05 AM
I still don't believe this is real and he made this up as a way to cover himself. The reason why I think this is fake and not the truth is because if it was real he would have been working with the guy he plagiarized from so he could backup LaBeouf and say it was all an act.
ALmazing - 1/22/2014, 10:08 AM
I love his performance art pieces, the one last week where was drunk and head butted some guy in London was pretty great, keep it up Shia. On a more serious note, this guy needs help.
SpiderFraud - 1/22/2014, 10:09 AM
ManCalledSting - 1/22/2014, 10:12 AM
If you don't care, then why bother commenting.
TheGoddamnPeel - 1/22/2014, 10:12 AM
'I embarked on a journey full of the informed naivety of a magical realism'

Lol, what are you smoking Shia? Good grief, just let it all blow over.
ManCalledSting - 1/22/2014, 10:14 AM
If you have to state that you don't care, then you must care alittle.
BritishMonkey - 1/22/2014, 10:14 AM
Why is this still being carried on? Can we just not report on it?
Dmon - 1/22/2014, 10:16 AM
Like most Hollywood he does a lot of this to get high.

charlie2094 - 1/22/2014, 10:18 AM
Called this...unless he was on some seriously wacky drugs, hard to believe wasn't all an act, found it hard to believe people were actually buying it, especially when people got angry over him "plagiarising" a tweet...is that even possible?

Maybe this is him covering himself, but sure this is the real deal...still sounds pretty crazy. It's an interesting topic for sure, risked quite a lot by doing it like this....
DatScarletPimPerNeLL - 1/22/2014, 10:23 AM
(--__--)

SimonM7 - 1/22/2014, 10:24 AM
It's been fairly obvious he's been taking the piss from the start, and it's been a pretty hilarious thing to see people scramble to understand it. In fact, it's been pretty funny to see people become aware that even his apologies are copied, and STILL not get that he's taking the piss. I suppose it's what happens when you foster a climate where people rattle off uninformed commentary all day long.
cipher - 1/22/2014, 10:24 AM
Heh, I think "it was performance art" is going to become the new "sorry, I was just soooooooooooooo f*ckin DRUNK".

At least now I know what to tell my girlfriend when my birthday comes around, and things get out of hand. "It was performance art, baby, PERFORMANCE ART!! I actually think your mother's a nice lady. Honest."
Mrcool210 - 1/22/2014, 10:28 AM
yeah....bullshit
npamusic - 1/22/2014, 10:36 AM
wut. lol he's off his rocker.
antoineflemming - 1/22/2014, 10:38 AM
BS. He said he's retiring from public life. He needs to actually do it. This wasn't a [frick]ing act. If it were, then he certainly would have informed a bunch of people, to keep it secret. But looking at the criticisms he's gotten, it's not an act. The people he plagiarized wouldn't have criticized him the way they did if it'd been an act, because he would have notified them. The dude is ashamed of himself, and is now trying to make it look like something different. NO ONE will respect him anymore. I hope someone's watching him, because I wouldn't be surprised if he'd had thoughts of suicide.
theInvincibleMexiMan - 1/22/2014, 10:40 AM
bullshit. He got caught and now he's making excuses. Nice try turd

MexicanSuperman - 1/22/2014, 10:47 AM
@Dmon, us regular folks are also dumb and full of ourselves, so don't act like it's just actors who do something like this.
Supes17 - 1/22/2014, 11:01 AM
He probably plagiarized that as well lmao
Dmon - 1/22/2014, 11:09 AM
I am going to laugh when his so called "performance art" lands him in court. If you believe this is just an act you fail in life and will believe anything. He is just trying to cover his ass. This guy was a child actor and has lived in a bubble all his life he is a moron.
MrReese - 1/22/2014, 11:12 AM
Vhat Ever!!
QuestiontheAnswer - 1/22/2014, 11:21 AM
I don't believe the plagiarism of the comics was performance art but everything after that obviously was.
jimoakley666 - 1/22/2014, 11:31 AM
YAAAAAWWWWN. Anyway...
Odin - 1/22/2014, 11:40 AM
Lamest excuse ever.
HulkbusterNYC - 1/22/2014, 11:44 AM
So all of this was done on purpose to make us look at ourselves and examine our own "plagiarism"? Didn't work did it? Just made you look like an ass and now you look like an uppity ass for thinking you're better than the rest of the world. Still a douche no mater how u slice it
DestroyerofHaters - 1/22/2014, 1:13 PM
Every time an article on here was posted, every time anyone commented, we helped him succeed. Congratulations!
sameoldthing - 1/22/2014, 2:11 PM
He's an idiot.
If he truly disappeared never to be seen again..no one would care.
Get lost Shia,ya little turd.
Dmon - 1/22/2014, 2:24 PM
@DestroyerofHaters, SimonM7, Charlie2094 You guys fail at life if you actually believe this latest lie of his. The guy offers no real proof here. Other than his word which is worth nothing at this point.
TuckstheHalls - 1/22/2014, 10:48 PM
"He smashed the place up, got naked and kept seeing this owl," -Rupert Grint explains why he's afraid to drop acid, watching Shia trip balls on the set of their movie "If anything will make you not do drugs, it's watching that,
SimonM7 - 1/22/2014, 11:23 PM
@Dmon

What do you mean "here"? It's been obvious for ages. Why do you think someone copies an apology tweet? Because they're deluded and/or insane, or because they're taking the piss?

Believe what you want, dude.
AmazingFantasy - 1/22/2014, 11:34 PM
Dude...
loki668 - 1/23/2014, 1:18 AM
All this tells me is that he's still throwing shit at the wall and trying to see if anything sticks. I still believe the "simplest" explanation is the true one. He got caught and, is now, trying to weave an elaborate web of bullshit so that the original issue will be obfuscated by it.
MightyZeus - 1/23/2014, 4:04 AM
I can not fathom Shia's behaviour and i can not understand what Shia is exactly doing. It just seem's he's just lost his mind. Shia need's psychiatric help because even i dont understand or know what exactly is wrong with him.
Ancar - 1/23/2014, 5:58 AM
And you all believed in him:P
Dmon - 1/23/2014, 6:07 AM
@SimonM7 The guy plagiarized for personal gain and thought he was above getting caught because he lives in a bubble. The guy was a child actor he has read and acted out other peoples words all his life. He has never had an original thought in his head. He plagiarized, got caught and is now trying to cover his ass.
jlabatman - 1/23/2014, 7:29 AM

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