Daniel Clowes Intends Legal Action Against Shia LaBeouf; New Evidence Of Shia's Plagiarism

Daniel Clowes Intends Legal Action Against Shia LaBeouf; New Evidence Of Shia's Plagiarism

Shia LaBeouf's plagiarism is the gift that keeps on giving. While Daniel Clowes pursues legal action, new evidence has surfaced showing that Shia has plagiarized several other writers for his "original" comics, Stale N Mate and Let's F*cking Party.

Two days ago, Shia LaBeouf released his short HowardCantour.com onto the internet. Not long after, several people noticed that Shia's short plagiarized from Daniel Clowes' 2007 comic, Justin M. Damiano. Most of the film features word-for-word dialogue and shot-for-shot scenes as seen in Clowes' comic. Shia even issued an apology, but that too was plagiarized from Yahoo! Answers. Wait, it gets better. Instead of letting Shia off the hook for plagiarism Daniel Clowes is planning on pursuing legal action against the Transformers star.

“His apology is a non-apology, absolving himself of the fact that he actively misled, at best, and lied, at worst, about the genesis of the film,” Reynolds wrote to BuzzFeed in an email on Tuesday. “No one ‘assumes’ authorship for no reason. He implied authorship in the film credits itself, and has gone even further in interviews. He clearly doesn’t get it, and that’s disturbing. I’m not sure if it’s more disturbing that he plagiarized, or that he could rationalize it enough to think it was OK and that he might actually get away with it. Fame clearly breeds a false sense of security.”

Comic writer Josh Farkas and BuzzFeed did some digging, and noticed an unsettling amount of evidence that Shia LaBeouf plagiarized from several other writers to create his "original" comics, Let’s Fucking Party and Stale N Mate. The writers that Shia "borrowed" from are Charles Bukowski and Benoît Duteurtre. Below, I've added pages from Shia's comics and the original quotes from the original writers, that he of course forgot to credit.

Benoît Duteurtre's "The Little Girl and the Cigarette” - Page 10:
"Seemingly indifferent to the fate that awaited him, Désiré Johnson continued to look obstinate. In the antechamber of the execution room, a silent exchange pitted the condemned man,a tall young black man, very calm under his dreadlocks, against the director of the institution, a Vietnamese law-school graduate, recently promoted to the directorship of this ultramodern prison to ensure that a dozen capital executions were smoothly carried out there every year."

Benoît Duteurtre's "The Little Girl and the Cigarette”:
"Désiré Johnson followed his guards towards death row, in a direction that he was the first to take. As he was returning to life, all he did was mumble, as if other people were trying as hard as they could to complicate his life:“I wasn’t asking for much.””

Assault by Charles Bukowski:
Lorca was shot down in the road but here
in America the poets never anger anybody.
the poets don’t gamble.
their poetry has the smell of clinics.
their poetry has the smell of clinics.
where people die rather then live.
here they don’t assassinate the poets
they don’t even notice the poets.

Duteurtre wrote: "Unaware of the debate that was going on in the wings, these individuals patiently awaited the beginning of the spectacle.”

And this morning, the 27-year-old actor went to Twitter again to offer another insincere apology.

Sounds good, right? Wrong! The Film Stage was the first to spot that the tweet above and the one below are word-for-word lifted from Tiger Woods and General Robert McNamara.

Looks like we might have an Amanda Bynes-like mental breakdown going on here.
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DEVLIN712 - 12/18/2013, 8:07 AM
Shia really has lost it
themidnightking - 12/18/2013, 8:14 AM
What an asshole.
ALegendaryPanda - 12/18/2013, 8:15 AM
Lol damn dude, should've stuck with Transformers.
jlabatman - 12/18/2013, 8:25 AM
Man, what a [frick]ing douche! This shit is too funny, hope he gets his ass nailed to the wall for this shit!
Supes17 - 12/18/2013, 8:25 AM
You can't say he's a bad troll though.
Using plagiarism to apologize on Twitter, damn! That's genius lmfao. He clearly does not give a [frick]. But its going to bite him in the ass for sure
JoeMomma29 - 12/18/2013, 8:26 AM
I hope this is not some type of stupid stunt to get publicity!
DelTorite - 12/18/2013, 8:31 AM
And this douchebag gets paid to have oral sex with Evan Rachel Wood. What a [frick]ing unfair world
ALmighty1080 - 12/18/2013, 8:33 AM
kinda sounds like hes trolling people right now.
charlie2094 - 12/18/2013, 8:33 AM
Could this not be another elaborate, Joaquin Phoenix style, hoax? :P He obviously knew he was copying Tiger Woods' words when he tweeted that...oh dear

Always liked Shia, shame to see something this bad, the amount of plagiarism, word for word, is awful
InfiniteMonkey - 12/18/2013, 8:33 AM
Transformers! More than meets the Eye!
Transformers! Robots in disguise! LOL
IDKwhatToChoose - 12/18/2013, 8:34 AM
He's gotta be doing this sh1t on purpose. No one can be that dumb... please tell me no one can be that dumb
SuperCat - 12/18/2013, 8:34 AM
InfiniteMonkey - 12/18/2013, 8:37 AM

RorMachine - 12/18/2013, 8:38 AM
Buckowski is one of my favorite writers. Le Beef's made it poisonal!
rabid - 12/18/2013, 8:41 AM
I would think less of Daniel Clowes if he sued. Unless Labeouf sold the film and profited, then I'm not seeing the harm. In fact, Clowes probably owes the Beef some gratitude for putting his name in the media at xmas shopping season.
eviltattooedguy - 12/18/2013, 8:44 AM
Why is this dick bag even relevant anymore? I'm pretty sure I've never heard anyone say "hey can't wait to see that new shia lebeuof movie" or even" hey shia was the best part of transformers". Its too bad people with real talent these days go unnoticed because assholes like this already had a foot in the Hollywood door because of child acting
JoeMomma29 - 12/18/2013, 8:45 AM
@ Gusto

Actually my 6 year old nephew draws like that, heck I thought he was a really good artist or he was actually telling the truth of him being abused.
gaikinger - 12/18/2013, 8:46 AM
You know....i always sensed he was an ahole.
Spidey10 - 12/18/2013, 8:46 AM
What a loser
HellsHammer - 12/18/2013, 8:47 AM
He's a terrible artist too
rabid - 12/18/2013, 8:53 AM
It's not gong unpunished. He's been embarrassed on a worldwide forum. And wasting taxpayer dollars mediating lawsuits that seek excess damages is harmful to us all. All Clowes needs is a tersely-worded cease-and-desist letter and probably a conversation in person with LaBeouf. That's how i would expect someone civil to handle it.
I've been in this situation a few times, and that's how I deal with it.
For Clowes to sue and win would endanger half the fanfilm creators on youtube, most of whom don't credit Marvel or the characters' creators in the credits.
RRA - 12/18/2013, 8:55 AM
"I owe it to future generations to explain why."

(1) They already know, dude
(2) The next generation and beyond won't care because you're already irrelevant!
HOTSHOT - 12/18/2013, 8:56 AM
I guess he's really the A-hole he always plays in his movies.
RRA - 12/18/2013, 8:57 AM
rabid - I like how you compared a legit copyright infringement with trivial lawsuits filed by inmates.

I don't blame Mr. Clowes. I'm sure Shia's non-apology apology was the last straw.

Also there's a tiny little flaw with your complaint: How many of those YouTube videos make a profit? How many of them get shown at film festivals?
Danbojohnj - 12/18/2013, 9:04 AM
Is this big enough to end his career? Is it too soon to crack open a bottle of Blue Nun and get the vol-au-vents on?
NovaCorpsFan - 12/18/2013, 9:07 AM
Good, Shia's a bum, deserves to lose his [frick]ing money.
faver - 12/18/2013, 9:07 AM
@rabid Fanvids never even imply to own the characters. They usually make very clear who they belong to and that they are not profiting for it because they don't want to create any confussion that could end with a lawsuit. They don't take them to professional festivals either. Your argument is ridiculous.

That said, this situation is reaching absurd levels. Either he's having a serious breakdown or (most likely) he just decided to go with it and troll everyone. Or we could have a hoax lie Joaquin Phoenix's, but it's less likely.
CarlXVIGarfield - 12/18/2013, 9:08 AM
Those last tweets will be used as an excuse: "it was a Joaquin Phoenix style hoax", he's trying to save his skin, just wait and see.
TheGlove - 12/18/2013, 9:12 AM
What a tit! sue him for every penny!!!
Tevii - 12/18/2013, 9:13 AM
Seems like everything he's written should be looked at, at this point.
So not cool.
rabid - 12/18/2013, 9:14 AM
That was my point. How did LaBeouf profit from the film? He doesn't seem to have marketed it. If there's no profit, then there's no damage to sue for.
RawGod - 12/18/2013, 9:15 AM
Leave the man alone hahha
FantasticSpidey - 12/18/2013, 9:18 AM
This is really hilarious. Especially those tweets.
User1134 - 12/18/2013, 9:22 AM
Messed Up, But,Whatever, Whatever Happens Is Gonna Happen,Feh!
StarkAnthony - 12/18/2013, 9:25 AM
Ok, he's got to be doing it on purpose now. this is ridiculous
jerryblake - 12/18/2013, 9:28 AM
Stupid ass decision Shia. You went from Transformers to play with the actors like Redford, Hardy and Mikkelsen. You played for von Trier in Nymphomaniac. You didn't have to prove anything more.

Jarvisjackrabbit - 12/18/2013, 9:31 AM
Did anyone else happen to notice that he wrote "there" instead of "their" as one of the few words shown above that wasn't copied directly from another work?

Yikes, I'd be terrified to read a piece of writing he actually created.
Tevii - 12/18/2013, 9:31 AM
Someone should look into the other scripts he supposedly wrote:
“Maniac” in 2011
“Born Villain” in 2011
“Let’s Love Hate” in 2004
LRascal - 12/18/2013, 9:36 AM
Child actor is told he's brilliant for reading things other people wrote in front of a camera. I'm not sure he even knows what an original thought is.
QuestiontheAnswer - 12/18/2013, 9:38 AM
Nobody's thought of Shia in a while. Now he's all over the internet. Strangely, he's next movie is coming out in a few months, he's still profitting
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