Yesterday we told you about Shia LaBeouf apologizing for (being caught) using ideas and entire word-for-word passages from graphic novel writer Daniel Clowes‘ story “Justin M. Damiano” in his new short film“HowardCantour.com” without permission. Not even 24 hours later, we bring you news that the actor is being accused of more plagiarism, not only in his past works, but even in his apology for said plagiarism.
It seems some of the apologetic tweets that the actor sent out on Tuesday were strangely reminiscent of mea culpas delivered by celebrities like Tiger Woods and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.
Plagiarizing apologies to apologize for plagiarizing? We feel like we just fell down the spiraling vortex of an intellectual property rabbit hole.
To make matters worse, Comic writer Josh Farkas noticed some suspiciously familiar lines in comic books written by LaBeouf, and reported his findings to Buzzfeed. Two writers the actor seems to have “borrowed” from are poet Charles Bukowski and French novelist Benoit Duteurtre.
For example, this is a passage from LeBeouf’s comic Stale N Mate:
“Seemingly indifferent to the fate that awaited him – Donal Thomas continued to look obstinate in the antechamber of the execution room. A silent exchange pitted the condemned man.”
While this is from Duteurtre’s novel The Little Girl and the Cigarette:
“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…”
Nope, no resemblance there.
If he were one of my writing students, he’d be in a disciplinary meeting so fast his head would spin, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what comes of all this — we would imagine that, at worst, LaBeouf will face some major legal repercussions, and at best suffer utter embarrassment and discrediting of his work. In any case, not a good PR week for Mr. LaBeouf.