Shia LaBeouf Plagiarized His Apology for Plagiarism
Both the film (which appears to have pulled from Vimeo) and the comic open with the main character speaking in narration: "A critic is a warrior, and each of us on the battlefield have the means to glorify or demolish (whether a film, a career, or an entire philosophy) by influencing perception in ways that if heartfelt and truthful, can have far-reaching repercussions."
Again, in the second scene, where the film's lead character speaks with a freelance critic, dialogue appears to be lifted straight out of the comic. There are several instances of this throughout the nearly 12 minute film.
The internet was quick to point out the similarities and LaBeouf, a noted Clowes fan, issued an apology on Twitter claiming that he wasn't copying Clowes, but rather was inspired by him and "got lost in the creative process."
Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
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.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
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— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
But wait! Here's where the plot thickens! It appears that LaBeouf's apology -- for stealing someone else's work and calling it his own -- was stolen from someone else. You can't make this shit up. A part of his apology is quite similar to a post on Yahoo Answers written by someone named Lili four years ago. "Merely copying isn’t particularly creative work, though it’s useful as training and practice," she writes. "Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work, and it may even revolutionalize [sic] the ‘stolen’ concept."
LaBeouf lated posted this short message:
I fucked up.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013