Shia Labœuf Bourguignon made his latest directorial offering public yesterday with the Vimeo premiered short HowardCantour.com, an inspired and wholly innovative artwork originally created by Ghost World graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, whose 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano Shia LaBeouf directly appropriated unauthorised and uncredited in its entirety, prompting accusations of a “shameless theft!” and “a complete rip-off!” from Clowes’ editor and publisher Fantagraphics and invoking the boundless scorn of The Internet

Per Buzzfeed, with whom Clowes spoke following the revelation: “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.” 

Not much apparently. This is the second time this year LaBeouf has faced accusations of plagiarism. Following a dispute with Alec Baldwin in February, LaBeouf sent his theatrical co-star an apologetic email lifted in parts from an Esquire article and soon after leaked online. Shia, mate, this doesn’t look good; that’s two strikes.

LaBoeuf overnight issued a series of tweets apologising for his shamelessly-inspired shot-for-frame remake, which made its festival debut at Cannes last year and has since been removed from Vimeo [you can watch it over at Buzzfeed, accompanied by an excerpt from the first page Clowes’ graphic novel; the similarities are astonishing]. 

Aptly flouting The First Law of Holes, the third kicker here is that Shia’s apology tweets also appear to have been directly plagiarised from a Yahoo! Answer forum posted some four years ago containing a response that reads eerily close to LaBeouf’s; the similarities are emboldened below:

“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 [sic] the “stolen” concept.”

Third time’s a charm, LaDouche.

via BuzzfeedVultureBoing BoingGawker

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