Oh boy. So. Shia LaBeouf debuted a short film at the Cannes Film Festival last May called “Howard Cantour,” which he posted online yesterday to HowardCantour.com. Without giving any credit, it features lines and visuals taken directly from (Ghost World and Art School Confidential writer + famous cartoonist) Daniel Clowes’s Justin M. Damiano. The Internet figured it out somehow? And now you’re caught up! His apology came late last night in a series of tweets:
“Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work. In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation. Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. 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. 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.”
Oh boy. Using the word “assumed” rather than “believed” might have been the worst part of the apology, had Buzzfeed not discovered that the opening sentences were lifted from a years-old Yahoo Answers post. YAHOO ANSWERS! Shia! ARE YOU OKAY?! This doesn’t seem like the kind of behavior that a young man would display if that young man were, indeed, okay! Either the belief that he would never get caught or the hope that he would get caught (after his last strange plagiarism goof) seem like they would point to a think spot that is nono good and hurty-bad. Will someone check on him? (CAREY?) His final tweet last night about the incident was pretty spot on, though.