Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizes In Lame Apology For Plagiarizing Daniel Clowes' Comic

Earlier this morning, Shia LaBeouf ("Transformers") made a feeble apology after being caught red-handed plagiarizing Daniel Clowes' 2007 comic, Justin M. Damiano. Come see what he said.

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By nailbiter111 - 12/17/2013

Yesterday, Shia LaBeouf finally released his short, HowardCantour.com. It was a rather impressive film, focusing on the life of an online film critic (played by Jim Gaffigan). Though, there was one major issue with the short, it was lifted from a 2007 comic ("Justin M. Damiano") written and illustrated by Daniel Clowes. Keep in mind, Shia debuted HowardCantour.com at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and for over a year has done interview after interview promoting this short film, yet at no time did he ever credit Daniel Clowes' Justin M. Damiano comic. Here is what he had to say via his twitter account.




Apparently Shia can't even apologize without plagiarizing. BuzzFeed did a little digging and noticed that Shia's first tweet addressing the issue heavily steals from a user ("Lili") on a Yahoo! Answers post about plagiarism
    Lili answered 4 year 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.





For Shia to insinuate that he was merely inspired by Clowes' work, and not own up to his theft makes me sick. There is nothing "inspired" about taking material from Clowes' comic WORD-FOR-WORD. Dialogue from the comic wasn't the only thing lifted. He shot the short so closely to Clowes' comic that it makes the comic come off as a storyboard for HowardCantour.com.

Also, for Shia to try and hide behind the "amateur filmmaker" label is disgusting as well. We're talking about an actor that has been born and raised in the Hollywood system and has no excuse for not understanding intellectual theft, let alone "proper accreditation." Sorry Shia, but this doesn't make you even stevens.





I'm embarrassed for you too, Shia. You had well over a year and countless interviews to slip in a simple credit for the guy that wrote your short, yet somehow his name slipped your mind, for over a year. To claim that Justin M. Damiano served merely as your "inspiration" is a farce. Word-for-word, shot-for-shot copies don't come from inspiration, they come from a pathetic actor sitting at his computer typing up a script from another man's comic and hoping that nobody will ever find out. Son, you've been caught. Own up, or shut up.




Silly us. We assume you wrote it, cause you convened that you wrote it. When you, Shia LaBeouf, stated: "As I tried to empathize with the sort of man who might earn a living taking potshots at me and the people I’ve worked with, a small script developed."




He had so much respect for Clowes work that he at no point tried to contact Clowes. “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.

Then again, we should've expected something like this from Shia. He was previously caught plagiarizing a 2009 Esquire article
. He copied and pasted material word-for-word from the article and sent it to Alec Baldwin in an email while they were feuding. Guess we have a serial plagiarist on our hands.




Yup, you sure did Arseface.

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Justin M. Damiano by Daniel Clowes

Source: Shia LaBeouf
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MrReese - 12/17/2013, 6:24 AM
I [frick]ed up. lol
MrReese - 12/17/2013, 6:25 AM
More like I got caught up lol
JoeMomma29 - 12/17/2013, 6:44 AM
That is hilarious!!!!!!!
SuperCat - 12/17/2013, 6:47 AM
mctrinket - 12/17/2013, 6:48 AM
Since when is theft failing to give "proper accreditation?" What an asshole. No one ever even talked to Clowes about it. You can't just steal someone else's work and not tell them about it, then try and hide when you get busted. What a complete asshole.

I am thrilled as I've always hated Beefy. He sucks as an actor and even more as a person. I hope we've seen the last of him.
MercwithMouth - 12/17/2013, 6:50 AM
Well, that should effectively end his "amateur filmmaker" career. Thankfully.
MercwithMouth - 12/17/2013, 6:51 AM
Although, he IS a good actor, he was terrific in Lawless.
Brainiac13 - 12/17/2013, 6:51 AM
Embarrassing
SuperCat - 12/17/2013, 6:51 AM
ManCalledSting - 12/17/2013, 6:53 AM
Gotta love it on here. Always amusing.
BillyM67 - 12/17/2013, 6:56 AM
If he had any respect for Clowes and any self respect he would pull the movie immediately. If he doesn't, I hope Clowes sues his ass into the ground!
LocOps - 12/17/2013, 7:02 AM
Shia LaBeouf = Shit the Beef.
McMeatFace - 12/17/2013, 7:07 AM
At least Shia will always have Transformers. . .
TheHitchhikingGhost - 12/17/2013, 7:12 AM
GREAT write-up, nailbiter. Sincerely.
campblood - 12/17/2013, 7:13 AM
he is such a bad liar
DarthDan - 12/17/2013, 7:16 AM
Dude is [frick]ing joke and an asshat & will never live it down... [frick]ing tool.
Jebediah - 12/17/2013, 7:17 AM
this isn't even good plagiarism, it's a damn comic book ADAPTATION of Clowes work. It's one thing to have read the comic and take a few bits here are there but to lift the whole story, beat for beat, line for line, is just lazy. It's like he had the comic right next to him as he was writing the script
Nivekian - 12/17/2013, 7:21 AM
If Indy 4 and Transformers didn't kill his career, I don't know what will.
campblood - 12/17/2013, 7:22 AM
i mean the [frick]er cant even come up withhis own words in a apology
charlie2094 - 12/17/2013, 7:22 AM
I haven't read the comic nor seen the film, so am basing this on that it's a line for line adaptation...but would it have been so hard to contact Clowe's and work it out so that the film was an adaptation of the comic? Or at least credit him for the story or something? Really bad stuff, seriously, this is something that is so basic, think my film course covered it Day 1 :P

Like how his last tweet has 1,000 retweets already :P
Minghagz - 12/17/2013, 7:27 AM
He can be entertaining in his movies but he's a real douche bag. I actually hate the guy as a person. I hope his ass gets taken to court and his career is ruined. What a dipshit.
Mysterion - 12/17/2013, 7:27 AM
that douche had such a promising career...he is nothing but a joke now.
Nomis - 12/17/2013, 7:36 AM
@ Super Cat - LOL!!!!
ManCalledSting - 12/17/2013, 7:37 AM
Gusto: Watch yourself man, just watch it! It's not my fault I look fantastic in a suit, the fabric calls to me.
ManCalledSting - 12/17/2013, 7:38 AM
Which is why I wear nothing but.
Danbojohnj - 12/17/2013, 7:39 AM
La Douche the disgrace.

Still not as much as a fek up as that Tarzan swinging scene with the monkeys in Indy4.
ManCalledSting - 12/17/2013, 7:41 AM
Nomis: WTF happened Sunday? I walk away from the game, so
I could go home, and the [frick]ing Cowboys lose! I've got a family friend, who is a die hard Packers fan. I called him as I stopped watching the game, and right on que he called me back after the game.
Jollem - 12/17/2013, 7:41 AM
leftcoastpunk - 12/17/2013, 7:42 AM
Plagiarism is for D bags, I mean...
For Shia to insinuate that he was merely inspired by Clowes' work, and not own up to his theft makes me sick. There is nothing "inspired" about taking material from Clowes comic WORD-FOR-WORD or filming scenes some similar to the comic that the comic then looks like a storyboard for HowardCantour.com.

then he says "I [frick]ed up"

yup, you sure did arse face!!!
Spidey10 - 12/17/2013, 7:45 AM
Loser
sinchsw - 12/17/2013, 7:45 AM
I've tried to give Shia the benefit of the doubt for the last few years, but this is a bitch move. At least he owned up to it after the...sixth tweet.
themidnightking - 12/17/2013, 7:48 AM
Shia is a punk ass bitch. There, I said it.
jlabatman - 12/17/2013, 7:50 AM
Kinda like the Lions trying to copy a winning team and fail on MNF,lol!
fettastic - 12/17/2013, 7:51 AM
HOLY [frick]TARDS! All he had to do was call the guy and say "Wow, I really loved your comic. Let's make it into a short film!" and everything would have been great! What kind of a spoiled [frick]ing CHILD would do something like this? The same kind that would actually think they could get away with it I guess.

JUST [frick]ING WOW!
SoundWave - 12/17/2013, 7:52 AM
He works on Megatron now.
sameoldthing - 12/17/2013, 7:59 AM
He's a spoon fed jackass.
Crawl under a rock & dissapear Shia..his name is one letter from Shit.
Durranto - 12/17/2013, 8:00 AM
Umm, before today, how many people do you reckon had heard of Justin M. Damiano..... now how many have heard of it today?

Publicity stunt I reckon!
BackwardGalaxy - 12/17/2013, 8:07 AM
He didn't F up. He got caught.
AverageDrafter - 12/17/2013, 8:07 AM
Good thing he had all that good will built up or his career might be over... oh wait.
TheIncredibleHulksta - 12/17/2013, 8:13 AM
Deucebag should stick to raping one franchise and that's transformers. He's not allowed near anything else.
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