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Shia LeBouf Plagiarized His Plagiarism Apology From Yahoo Answers


12.17.13 Andy Cush

Shia LaBeouf’s 2012 short film HowardCantour.com was plagiarized wholesale from Daniel Clowes–jacking visuals, plot points, even direct lines of dialogue from Clowes’ comic Justin M. Damiano. The film debuted at Cannes but was released to the public online today, after which the artistic theft was swiftly pointed out.

Today, LaBeouf issued a half-assed apology, which I’ve screencapped in case he deletes it:

In a plot twist too good to be true, this apology tweet also appears to be plagiarized FROM FUCKING YAHOO ANSWERS. Four years ago, “Jesse” asked, “Why did Picasso say “good artists copy but great artists steal?” One answer, from “Lili,” went:

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.

What? Is this a joke? Does Shia LaBeouf think he’s Richard Prince, or is he just a much bigger dummy than we thought?