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Shia LaBeouf apologizes after plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes comic for his short film

Dec. 17, 2013by:

So, you've no doubt heard the buzz about Shia LaBeouf being accused of plagiarism for his new short film. It goes like this. LaBeouf made a short film entitled HowardCantour.com, starring comedian Jim Gaffigan, which debuted at Cannes in 2012 and made its online debut yesterday here. However, it's release spawned an immediate reaction from those that recognized the short film as a near direct adaptation of a 2007 comic by artist Daniel Clowes' (GHOST WORLD), entitled "Justin M. Damiano." (What is further baffling is that no one caught this at Cannes in 2012). Word spread and even got back to Mr. Clowes, who responded to the film by saying:

“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. I’ve never even seen one of his films that I can recall — and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.”

LaBeouf later responded via Twitter with an apology and an excuse, saying that he is an "amateur filmmaker" who "got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation." He continued his apology, addressing Daniel Clowes himself and ended it the only way he could. Read the full apology below (via Twitter):

- Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.

- 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

- I fucked up.

Well, I don't think there's any doubt about the last part. It's been an interesting road for LaBeouf since emerging on the scene. He went from dissing both the TRANSFORMERS and INDIANA JONES films after being given the opportunity to, y'know, star in them, and has since gone on to continue with public fueds with fellow actors and the press. LaBeouf is certainly a man on his own path, even if it's a rather destructive one and he's almost become an easy target at this point.

Is there redemption for LaBeouf or does he seem destined to shoot himself in the foot (i.e. career)?

LaBeouf will next be seen in Lar Von Triers' NYMPHOMANIAC vol. 1 & 2 in March/April 2014.

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12:15PM on 12/17/2013
I feel bad for Jim gaffigan for having to be associated with this now.
I feel bad for Jim gaffigan for having to be associated with this now.
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12:24PM on 12/17/2013
"I'm sorry... for getting caught"
"I'm sorry... for getting caught"
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1:42PM on 12/17/2013

His apology is plagiarized, I'm not even fucking kidding.

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Look at Lili's answer to the question.

He doesn't give a shit, he's saying "fuck you for catching me - you should be elated that I chose to steal from you - nobody gave a fuck about your comic until I ripped it off".
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Look at Lili's answer to the question.

He doesn't give a shit, he's saying "fuck you for catching me - you should be elated that I chose to steal from you - nobody gave a fuck about your comic until I ripped it off".
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12:19PM on 12/17/2013

What an asshole

Even his apology is plagiarized from a yahoo answers about plagiarism! Suck a fat one 'Beouf.
Even his apology is plagiarized from a yahoo answers about plagiarism! Suck a fat one 'Beouf.
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1:17PM on 12/17/2013

Unfortunately he's just an asshole, plain and simple

I mean, he's shown time and time again that he's nothing more than a stuck-up, pretentious douchebag so this doesn't strike me as surprising at all. Between that bar fight incident, the way he presents himself in interviews and press junkets and random encounters by fans recalling his odd behavior he really just is who he is. An asshole.
I mean, he's shown time and time again that he's nothing more than a stuck-up, pretentious douchebag so this doesn't strike me as surprising at all. Between that bar fight incident, the way he presents himself in interviews and press junkets and random encounters by fans recalling his odd behavior he really just is who he is. An asshole.
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12:57PM on 12/17/2013
So he's not taking blame, because he was simply inspired? I'm confused.
So he's not taking blame, because he was simply inspired? I'm confused.
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12:04PM on 12/17/2013
Is it me or does Shia seem like the type who is a asshole because of fame? The kinda guy that will throw his fame in your face but will still get his ass kicked
Is it me or does Shia seem like the type who is a asshole because of fame? The kinda guy that will throw his fame in your face but will still get his ass kicked
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12:35PM on 12/17/2013
He's GOT to be related to someone connected or powerful in Hollywood. I don't see any other reason for his success.
He's GOT to be related to someone connected or powerful in Hollywood. I don't see any other reason for his success.
1:19PM on 12/17/2013
@WatchTower - He's not.
@WatchTower - He's not.
4:30PM on 12/17/2013

Would he be sorry if he wasn't caught?

Not really.
Not really.
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1:14PM on 12/17/2013

More from the beef

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Also plagiarizing an entire apology online that was lifted word for word from a magazine article. Yup. Classy.
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Also plagiarizing an entire apology online that was lifted word for word from a magazine article. Yup. Classy.
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7:22PM on 12/17/2013
I just can't understand how someone in the film industry could possibly fail to credit the author and source material that they're directly borrowing from. He's either insane or incredibly stupid for not realizing that during the entire process of making the film and getting it released or he's a smug asshole who thought he could actually get away with it. Clearly it must be the latter as others have mentioned that even his "apology" was plagiarized. Wow, that's some balls there.

I hate the
I just can't understand how someone in the film industry could possibly fail to credit the author and source material that they're directly borrowing from. He's either insane or incredibly stupid for not realizing that during the entire process of making the film and getting it released or he's a smug asshole who thought he could actually get away with it. Clearly it must be the latter as others have mentioned that even his "apology" was plagiarized. Wow, that's some balls there.

I hate the politically correct world we live in where everyone is forced to apologize for everything but LaBeouf deserves to have his ass handed to him for this. No fake apology needed. Honestly, I feel like this is a sign that something is really wrong with the guy. This isn't just an honest mistake. He had tons of time to think about this and he chose to try and take credit for another person's story and ideas.
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7:13PM on 12/17/2013
Also Shia, nobody wants to see your dick.
Also Shia, nobody wants to see your dick.
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12:26PM on 12/17/2013
What a spineless asshole.
What a spineless asshole.
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2:34PM on 12/17/2013
It sounds like something you'd do.
It sounds like something you'd do.
3:12PM on 12/17/2013
The fuck does that mean?
The fuck does that mean?
4:24PM on 12/17/2013

Typical Hollywood self involved idiot.

This is what happens when uncreative entitled people get their way.
This is what happens when uncreative entitled people get their way.
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2:18PM on 12/17/2013
When will he get blacklisted? He's such an asshole
When will he get blacklisted? He's such an asshole
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4:55PM on 12/17/2013
I won't lie, I think the best thing Shia has ever done is Even Stevens. Loved that show as a kid, and because of that I really want to see his career work out, but... come on, man. College students can't even get away with plagiarizing an essay these days. How can you possibly copy something that blatantly, debut it at CANNES, and not anticipate anything but a negative reaction?
I won't lie, I think the best thing Shia has ever done is Even Stevens. Loved that show as a kid, and because of that I really want to see his career work out, but... come on, man. College students can't even get away with plagiarizing an essay these days. How can you possibly copy something that blatantly, debut it at CANNES, and not anticipate anything but a negative reaction?
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2:39PM on 12/17/2013
Hahaha how can you forget to give credit to the work you based it off of? Fail.
Hahaha how can you forget to give credit to the work you based it off of? Fail.
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8:06PM on 12/17/2013
He should write a film about an actor/writer who gets caught plagiarizing another artists work... he has already done all the method work on that one...
He should write a film about an actor/writer who gets caught plagiarizing another artists work... he has already done all the method work on that one...
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3:54PM on 12/17/2013

Shia LeBitch

As if I needed another reason to dislike this ass hat. Seriously, fuck this guy.
As if I needed another reason to dislike this ass hat. Seriously, fuck this guy.
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5:26PM on 12/17/2013
How amazing pitiful of an artist is this guy that he gets in trouble (yet again) for plagiarizing, then posts and apology that is also plagiarism. JoBlo staff, can you put an update to mention this fact? I hope the story-after-the-story gains even more press, until this moron has to come out and say "look I am not very good at writing, but I am pretty good at google search, I didn't realize other people were as well. Oops."
How amazing pitiful of an artist is this guy that he gets in trouble (yet again) for plagiarizing, then posts and apology that is also plagiarism. JoBlo staff, can you put an update to mention this fact? I hope the story-after-the-story gains even more press, until this moron has to come out and say "look I am not very good at writing, but I am pretty good at google search, I didn't realize other people were as well. Oops."
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3:58PM on 12/17/2013
And I thought he was a douche bag before I read this...
And I thought he was a douche bag before I read this...
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6:19PM on 12/17/2013
Another reason for me to dislike him.
Another reason for me to dislike him.
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5:36PM on 12/17/2013

Delayed Reaction

How did this show at a festival like Cannes without anyone bringing it up? Not that I have any particular expectation of Cannes audiences, but surely the gravitas of such an event would garner the attention of somebody.
How did this show at a festival like Cannes without anyone bringing it up? Not that I have any particular expectation of Cannes audiences, but surely the gravitas of such an event would garner the attention of somebody.
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1:05PM on 12/17/2013

Doucher

You know what the best part of lawless was? When this little turd got his ass beat. The only good TMZ can do humanity is hopefully get the real thing on video when it happens in real life.
You know what the best part of lawless was? When this little turd got his ass beat. The only good TMZ can do humanity is hopefully get the real thing on video when it happens in real life.
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12:52PM on 12/17/2013

Idiot

You can't believe a word this guy says. From his apologies about Indy IV to his apologies to Spielberg to his plagiarized apologies to Alec Baldwin, he's bullshit. Don't think I've seen one of his movies since Revenge of the Fallen. It's not personal animas, just nothing's looked all that appealing.
You can't believe a word this guy says. From his apologies about Indy IV to his apologies to Spielberg to his plagiarized apologies to Alec Baldwin, he's bullshit. Don't think I've seen one of his movies since Revenge of the Fallen. It's not personal animas, just nothing's looked all that appealing.
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8:33PM on 12/17/2013

tae k

i had never even heard of LaBeef's short film until the plagiarizing accusations came up. tell you the truth, if someone told me Shia LaBeouf made a short film, i'd probably have no interest to watch it. however, now i kind of want to watch it and read the comic just to see how much is plagiarized. so.... good marketing i guess?
i had never even heard of LaBeef's short film until the plagiarizing accusations came up. tell you the truth, if someone told me Shia LaBeouf made a short film, i'd probably have no interest to watch it. however, now i kind of want to watch it and read the comic just to see how much is plagiarized. so.... good marketing i guess?
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1:29PM on 12/17/2013
iv never really cared for the guy he seems to have foot in mouth disease i mean ok ya didnt like your big budget movies just say i wasn't happy and move on no need to shit all over them and a good chance at ruining your career
iv never really cared for the guy he seems to have foot in mouth disease i mean ok ya didnt like your big budget movies just say i wasn't happy and move on no need to shit all over them and a good chance at ruining your career
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12:30PM on 12/17/2013
he's lucky it was just a short film and not a full featured film, consider it a lesson learned.
he's lucky it was just a short film and not a full featured film, consider it a lesson learned.
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3:09PM on 12/17/2013
It's weird, because I almost want to like him. Almost being the key word in that sentence. While it's stupid to bash the movies that catapulted your career, namely Transformers (though they did suck, he's just telling us something we already know), though I haven't heard him bash Holes yet, he seems to be attempting to try to get more indie cred, but either has no tact or humility to go about it. Prior to Transformers, I would have thought he would have made a great Spiderman, but now he just
It's weird, because I almost want to like him. Almost being the key word in that sentence. While it's stupid to bash the movies that catapulted your career, namely Transformers (though they did suck, he's just telling us something we already know), though I haven't heard him bash Holes yet, he seems to be attempting to try to get more indie cred, but either has no tact or humility to go about it. Prior to Transformers, I would have thought he would have made a great Spiderman, but now he just needs to lay low for a while and not bite the hand that feeds him.
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4:21PM on 12/17/2013
There is a "third" option here - this is a setup to get y'all riled, like a cheap self-marketing ploy. In which case, well done nate2709.
There is a "third" option here - this is a setup to get y'all riled, like a cheap self-marketing ploy. In which case, well done nate2709.
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12:44AM on 12/18/2013
I hadn't heard of his film or Clowes, though I have seen ghost world. Clowes has every right to be mad, but if I was him I truly would follow that old flattery cliche. I have done something like Shia did (but on an incredibly smaller scale, like 5 ppl), and ultimately it's bc what I copied was so amazing and I'm not as good as the creator, but wanna be. That's no excuse. It's both still stealing and I'm sure he's super embarrassed as I was when ONE person found out. If anything, it's
I hadn't heard of his film or Clowes, though I have seen ghost world. Clowes has every right to be mad, but if I was him I truly would follow that old flattery cliche. I have done something like Shia did (but on an incredibly smaller scale, like 5 ppl), and ultimately it's bc what I copied was so amazing and I'm not as good as the creator, but wanna be. That's no excuse. It's both still stealing and I'm sure he's super embarrassed as I was when ONE person found out. If anything, it's more publicity for Clowes. And this site is starting shit bc if you go to the last "public feuds" link that's clearly not what was going on. This is turning into tabloid shot here, and while he did f up, and has before, I think his biggest mistake is not learning to stop talking to any and all press. They only take his stuff and mangle it bc it's popular and easy to shit on him, really like this author did. Also Shia, though he had to, did say the right things.
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12:58AM on 12/18/2013
And read his "bashes." It's like the writer didn't even read what he said. He doesn't really say anything offensive at all. If I were Steven or Bay in those instances, I wouldn't be offended at all. They know he's right. If anything, I'd just say "hey don't say negative things ab our product." Think of all the real bashing we all have done, and I'm looking forward to scroll down and see what more bashing is being done this time
And read his "bashes." It's like the writer didn't even read what he said. He doesn't really say anything offensive at all. If I were Steven or Bay in those instances, I wouldn't be offended at all. They know he's right. If anything, I'd just say "hey don't say negative things ab our product." Think of all the real bashing we all have done, and I'm looking forward to scroll down and see what more bashing is being done this time
1:21PM on 12/18/2013
If its clear cut plagiarism then there's not much more journalist can do. Its a shitty thing to do. I don't even steal jokes I tell with my friends without crediting them. This guy filmed a short story stealing material and not giving credit until someone caught him.
If its clear cut plagiarism then there's not much more journalist can do. Its a shitty thing to do. I don't even steal jokes I tell with my friends without crediting them. This guy filmed a short story stealing material and not giving credit until someone caught him.
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6:00PM on 12/17/2013
Well, at least he claims he fucked up. I hadn't even heard this happened until now. The original work is likely known only by a very small group of people. So the fact that Lebouf admits to his fault is somewhat admirable, even if he shouldn't have done it in the first place. Lebouf gets a lot of crap from people, but I still like the guy, who I have enjoyed since his days as a TV actor. Because this was only a short film and not some major release making a large amount of money, then it can be
Well, at least he claims he fucked up. I hadn't even heard this happened until now. The original work is likely known only by a very small group of people. So the fact that Lebouf admits to his fault is somewhat admirable, even if he shouldn't have done it in the first place. Lebouf gets a lot of crap from people, but I still like the guy, who I have enjoyed since his days as a TV actor. Because this was only a short film and not some major release making a large amount of money, then it can be forgiven. The movie should, obviously, be stripped from the web and proper credit should be added. Personally, if I had made this thing and it was adapted, I wouldn't want it removed from offering to the public but rather given credit instead so more people would know about this work I had done. Not saying the author should be thankful Shia did this, but he should see this as an opportunity for exposure. I personally like Shia's honesty. Let him bash Transformers and Indie. Who cares if they made him a name, they were both ass and SHOULD be trashed by the actors in them. I can't stand that phoney crap actors pull about how awesome their projects are and how they were so happy to be apart of them just so they can sell us crap. If only more people had the kind of honesty this kid has. But, you know, some people like that phoney BS they're sold by Hollywood.
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7:43AM on 12/18/2013
just as Norma said I cannot believe that a person able to get paid $7508 in one month on the computer. go to website http://www.jobs64.com
just as Norma said I cannot believe that a person able to get paid $7508 in one month on the computer. go to website http://www.jobs64.com
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3:08PM on 12/17/2013

LaBoof is such a piece of s**t

worthless as an actor and as a person, wish his car would've hit that tree that day instead of Walker's.
worthless as an actor and as a person, wish his car would've hit that tree that day instead of Walker's.
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3:32PM on 12/17/2013
It's just entertainment. It's nothing more than that. You take it way too serious man. There are other things in life on this planet that actually deserve your hate, like innocent children being murdered for not converting to Islam, or someone stealing your credit info and putting your bank account in the negative. YET YOU ARE SO PATHETIC, YOU WISH ACTUAL PHYSICAL HARM TO A GUY THAT YOU DON'T LIKE FOR FRIVOLOUS REASONS. I can't stand Shia, but to wish him harm? Sounds like YOU are the
It's just entertainment. It's nothing more than that. You take it way too serious man. There are other things in life on this planet that actually deserve your hate, like innocent children being murdered for not converting to Islam, or someone stealing your credit info and putting your bank account in the negative. YET YOU ARE SO PATHETIC, YOU WISH ACTUAL PHYSICAL HARM TO A GUY THAT YOU DON'T LIKE FOR FRIVOLOUS REASONS. I can't stand Shia, but to wish him harm? Sounds like YOU are the piece of shit. Maybe put down the bottle, asshole.
5:38PM on 12/17/2013
Not for nothing Herelam, but if you are so worried about credit card fraud and child murder (both completely equally horrible crimes) you probably shouldn't spend time reading articles on entertainer plagiarism, and then freaking out on people's responses. Is nate overreacting? Sure. But your "measured response" doesn't sound much better.
Not for nothing Herelam, but if you are so worried about credit card fraud and child murder (both completely equally horrible crimes) you probably shouldn't spend time reading articles on entertainer plagiarism, and then freaking out on people's responses. Is nate overreacting? Sure. But your "measured response" doesn't sound much better.
12:09PM on 12/17/2013

seems legit

i believe he really is sorry. think what you want of the man i do find that to be a genuine apology.
i believe he really is sorry. think what you want of the man i do find that to be a genuine apology.
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1:52PM on 12/17/2013
Except for the part where his opening tweet is stolen from a Yahoo Answers response.
Except for the part where his opening tweet is stolen from a Yahoo Answers response.
6:22PM on 12/17/2013
check the time i posted this. that was not announced, at all, yet so i had no idea. also so many downvotes for just saying i thought his apology was legit. ehh oh well.
check the time i posted this. that was not announced, at all, yet so i had no idea. also so many downvotes for just saying i thought his apology was legit. ehh oh well.
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