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Every Little Thing He Does is Douchey: Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizes Dan Clowes and Yahoo Answers

By Courtney Enlow | Celebrities Are Better than You | December 17, 2013 | Comments ()


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Oh, LaBeowulf.

Beefsticks came under fire recently when it was discovered that his short film, HowardCantour.com borrowed heavily/was entirely ripped off from Justin M. Damiano, a comic by Dan Clowes. LaBeouf maintains that he was merely “inspired by” Clowes’ work, despite the fact that, according to Fantagraphics’ Eric Reynolds, via Wired, “he lifted the script, word for word.” He did so, obviously, without credit to the original artist, which is why it’s bad and wrong and not merely lazy.

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PLOT TWIST! According to Buzzfeed, apparently even the tweeted apology was “inspired by” someone else, a Yahoo Answers answer, in fact. Which is why his next short film will tell the harrowing tale of how babby is formed.

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Here’s the problem with these pretentious faux artist dicksacks. The “art” is hollow. The story is hollow. Even their apologies are hollow. There’s nothing genuine or real because the try of it all is just so desperate.

Luckily, Yahoo Answers has help for you if you’re wondering what happens when you “do plagiarism.” Hope this helps, Boofy!



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  • Uriah_Creep

    LaBeowulf, Beefstick, Boofy...

    Courtney's nicknames for celebrities make my little black heart sing.

  • Arran

    His "apology" might carry a little more weight if he hadn't made this film quite some time ago and is only now saying sorry because someone actually noticed it was plagarised. He's sorry he was caught, nothing more.

  • rocky

    "Proper Accreditation" WTF? It's called an option, Shia. You option the material. Then you give the author of the story a credit.

    Dressing it up like it was a credits arbitration issue is just one more way this was completely fucked up. I like the Yahoo Answers touch, tho. Stay classy.

  • lowercase_see

    He's like the Rand Paul of actors.

  • VonnegutSlut

    I have no dog in this fight because, as far as I'm concerned, LaBeouf merely exists--nothing more.

    However...this is a person who has been in the movie industry how many years? At least half of his life.

    And you're telling me that in all that time, he never picked up on the concept of "proper accreditation"? You'd think his "work" in Transformers alone would have familiarized him with the concept of creative attribution. And I use the term "creative" extremely loosely in that example.

    I have a really hard time believing it was his "excitement & naivete as an amateur filmmaker" that prompted this fuck up.

    I think this rip off was more a case of "the unfettered zeal that only entitled douchefuckery can muster."

  • dizzylucy

    I thought the same thing - he's not an amateur, he's been in the business since he was a kid. Surely he's aware.

  • JJ

    "I fucked up."

    "I deeply regret the manner in which events have unfolded"

    One of these things is not like the other... one of these things just wasn't run by an agent and a publicist first.

  • Ted Zancha

    I have no idea why, but I forgot Leboof existed until this whole Nymphomaniac/ douche nozzle tour of his started. And I feel like once that movie comes out, I will end up forgetting about him all over again. Does that make me a bad person? I mean, It's not like I hate the guy or anything. I just...don't care.

  • Zen

    Richard III speaks for me here.

  • Wicked

    Of course Yahoo! has all the answers to life.

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