Shia LaBeouf Apologizes For Plagiarism With More PlagiarismBy: Ellisha Rader Mannering - December 18, 2013
Shia LaBeouf was accused of plagiarizing most of his new short film Howard Cantour, after the film was released on its promo website. LaBeouf apologized for the similarities between Howard Cantour and a comic called Justin M. Damiano, created by Daniel Clowes on Twitter and claimed that he did not mean to copy the comic, but was inspired by it.
Daniel Clowes was shocked when he found out about the plagiarism. During an interview with Buzzfeed he said,
“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.”
The accusations led to the film being password protected by producers. Many people wonder if Clowes plans to file a lawsuit against LaBeouf for the plagiarism.
If plagiarizing the film wasn’t bad enough, some people are claiming that LaBeouf also plagiarized his apology. Various parts of what LaBeouf tweeted as an apology are also part of a post made on Yahoo Answers several years ago.
Was LaBeouf just searching the web for more “inspiration” or is he just unable to come up with material of his own, even when it’s an apology?
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