Plagiarist Shia LeBeouf Makes Odd Art Show Proposal

Transformers star Shia LaBeouf explained that his plagiarism was just performance art. Good, now we can rest easy knowing Shia intentionally plagiarized from underpaid writers like Daniel Clowes, Charles Bukowski and Benoît Duteurtre, all in the name of art.

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By nailbiter111 - 1/25/2014

As you know by now, Shia LaBeouf has decided to claim his plagiarism was self-inflicted in the name of performance art. He now wants to take his "performance art" to the next level. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the Nymphomaniac actor has reached out to 4 art spaces about putting on an art show. It would be his "apology-tour," which would likely be another chance for the actor to mock plagiarism. One gallery, which remained anonymous, sent The Hollywood Reporter a proposal Shia emailed to them. The "#IAMSORRY" art show would feature "pliers, whiskey, Belgian chocolates, Transformers toys, printed-out Twitter comments on folded paper and a ukelele." The rest of the email proposal is even more bizarre. Which you can read below.

Update! CBM user, Magnus66, pointed out that Shia's "#IAMSORRY" art show sounded very familiar. So, I did a little digging and discovered that Shia's new art show is just a ripoff of Marina Abramović's 1974 experiment (click here to view experiment). Do me a favor, wake me up when Shia gets an original thought.

Even his recent explanation was mostly plagiarized, as noted by the A.V. Club.
Fittingly, much of it is copied verbatim from the 1973 documentary Painters Painting. There’s also the declaration that “All art is either plagarisum [sic] or revolution”—quoted from Paul Gauguin, then transformed through LaBeouf’s mangled misspelling to make it a wholly new work of art. Meanwhile, his second tweet, a lengthy manifesto of his Twitter-based “Performance a#RT” is, lifts whole sections from past performance art manifestos written by the likes of Marilyn Arsem, Scotch Wichmann, and Marina Abramovic—whose “An Artist’s Life,” which LaBeouf steals liberally from, all while lying to himself and others that this is all intentional art, begins with these two creeds: “An artist should not lie to himself or others” and “An artist should not steal ideas from other artists.”


It should also be noted that Kenny Goldsmith, who Shia has referenced and his book Uncreative Writing, has harshly criticized Shia's "performance art" excuse.
KENNETH GOLDSMITH: I feel he stepped in shit and is now trying to get out of it in an interesting way. Instead of the usual rounds of apologies and promising to do better next time, he’s had a change of mind, one that says, hey, maybe what I did wasn’t so bad if I could frame it properly. So, in the aftermath, he’s scrambled to cite folks who have thought long and hard about how to view cultural materials as shared, rather than proprietary, as befits the digital age. That said, his plagiarizing of those materials and apologies and so forth, have been very sloppy, and as such, not tremendously convincing. Anyone who has worked with shared and borrowed materials for a long time knows that there is a certain degree of craft involved, something LaBeouf has no clue about. Plagiarizing well is hard to do. Had he done it well, he might not have gotten the blowback that he has.
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anthonok - 1/25/2014, 1:47 PM
Sign me up
ClarkWayne91 - 1/25/2014, 1:49 PM
what a moron.
DEVLIN712 - 1/25/2014, 1:49 PM
Ummm.... Yeah?
I'd do it.... I think....
Humperdink - 1/25/2014, 1:53 PM


Is he having a meltdown?

Now I'm starting to wonder about his behavior.
This is getting rather odd.
MrCBM56 - 1/25/2014, 1:55 PM
Anyone else confused?
Pheezmatic - 1/25/2014, 1:57 PM
I'll only go if the paper bag has a hole for the mouth :)
Jimdlux - 1/25/2014, 1:57 PM
Anyone else care?
ScorpioRisin - 1/25/2014, 1:57 PM
Between Justin Bieba and this prick I don't even now anything anymore.
four20smoke - 1/25/2014, 1:59 PM
the kids sounds like he knows what he is doing. even Goldsmith finds it interesting, though sloppily done. he'll come out alright after this.
Space - 1/25/2014, 2:00 PM
DaVinci31 - 1/25/2014, 2:01 PM
Nivekian - 1/25/2014, 2:04 PM
What an Ignorant ass
driver - 1/25/2014, 2:04 PM
While he will seat there in mask, I'll shoot him in the face with my natural Magnum.
DocDangerous - 1/25/2014, 2:07 PM
I would pay to crack him upside the head with a ukulele like a disobedient kid.
beane2099 - 1/25/2014, 2:08 PM
He probably got the idea off reading the numerous comments that questioned if this was a performance art piece.
SaxoWolf - 1/25/2014, 2:08 PM
RichardHedski - 1/25/2014, 2:09 PM
Plagiarist or not, the guy is a phenomenal actor. I hate that he's not in TF4 because he is the heart and soul of those movies. I hope Spielberg and Lucas do a Mutt Williams spin-off because it looks like they were gearing towards that with Indy 4.
GreenLanternRulez - 1/25/2014, 2:14 PM
Wow, you guys gotta get off Shia's nuts for real. You're only making his problem worse.

We all plagiarize stuff from time to time. Hell, if it were worth getting fed up over, Walt Whitman's estate should be banging on my door for me taking liberties with his work in high school.

Get over it already.
TheAbaryMan369 - 1/25/2014, 2:15 PM
Lol now people refer to him as more of a plagiarist than an actor.
Humperdink - 1/25/2014, 2:15 PM
This is just moving into a strange territory.

I thought maybe he was having a laugh at first to minimize the extent of his blatant thievery and was just embarrassed (not sure how he thought he could even get away with it) and started plagiarism apologies to pretend to make sarcastic commentary on the idea of plagiarism, but...he's still going on about it in a very weird way.

From the retirement thing, to the sky-writing...



...and now an apology conceptual art tour?

This is either a brilliant move to try and escape any real scrutiny and create the illusion that this short film was a part of a bigger art-statement regarding plagiarism, or he's just blown a circuit for being called out for his goonish stealing.

Either way, I don't find his behavior to be charming.

It's actually pretty offensive no matter how you look at it because even if this was a part of his planned art project he's pretentiously mocking the audience.

nailbiter111 - 1/25/2014, 2:17 PM
Humperdink - Well said.
TheBeard - 1/25/2014, 2:21 PM
in other news...

Gusto sighting

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fettastic - 1/25/2014, 2:21 PM
This, of course, is a plagiarized idea. It's first incarnation was a girl, I believe in London. She stood in a public area with a sign explaining that anyone could do anything they wanted to her. She was, of course, sexually assaulted.

We couldn't possibly be that lucky in this instance.,
CrimsonFlash - 1/25/2014, 2:22 PM
Does this guy not have a publicist? Surely they'd tell him to just stop and let this blow over
EpitomeofAwesome - 1/25/2014, 2:24 PM
What. The. [frick]?
staypuffed - 1/25/2014, 2:27 PM
The dude's a shit actor, an arrogant bastard and having severe mental problems. Good luck to him.
batz11 - 1/25/2014, 2:30 PM
Just disappear already...
sameoldthing - 1/25/2014, 2:31 PM
He's a loser...having said that,I would go to that art show/public display of idiocy.
batz11 - 1/25/2014, 2:34 PM
I'd go just to feel better about myself...
ahhmynuts - 1/25/2014, 2:36 PM
lol wtf. i wouldnt even know what to do honestly.
DaVinci31 - 1/25/2014, 2:36 PM


PeepingTom - 1/25/2014, 2:37 PM
This is fukkin hilarious.

I wonder how well the entire Hollywood community would do on an IQ test.
KIDDSOUL - 1/25/2014, 2:37 PM
A paper bag over his head? And anyone can say or do anything? The outcome of this will be hilarious, totally weird or forgiving.

This type of performance "art" is very similar in the style of Marina Abramovic. If you seen her work.
Havenless - 1/25/2014, 2:39 PM
Dude is trolling, and half the people on this board are falling for it. The only reason he keeps doing this is because you keep paying attention to him.
ManCalledSting - 1/25/2014, 2:52 PM
Who needs TMZ, when you have this place. I can't believe you're still posting about this, did he steal a tweet of yours?
DarthDan - 1/25/2014, 2:58 PM
This [frick]ing guy... he's a huge tool and isn't worth the time/energy. Go [frick] yourself LaDouche
osideous - 1/25/2014, 2:59 PM
he's still a phenomenal actor so everyone stop acting like he's a dickhead jesus christ.
ManCalledSting - 1/25/2014, 3:03 PM
"This [frick]ing guy... he's a huge tool and isn't worth the time/energy. Go [frick] yourself LaDouche"....yet you wasted the time and energy to post that commen. Interesting, it's is.
PsychoManiacJacky - 1/25/2014, 3:03 PM
LOL CBM needs to give Shia LaBeouf his own section if this keeps on rollin.
nailbiter111 - 1/25/2014, 3:05 PM
Magnus66 - interesting.
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