Following the revelation earlier this week that his short film, HowardCantour.com, was plagiarized from Ghost World graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, Shia LeBeouf boarded the apology train. But not yet once in his own words.
In digging into LeBeouf’s creative works, the internet has found several examples of further plagiarization in the star’s comic books consisting of reworded works by Charles Bukowski and French writer Benoit Duteurtre. For example, in his self-published “Let’s ------- Party,” LeBeouf writes:
“Poets don’t anger anyone. Poets don’t gamble. Here, they don’t assiassinate poets. Here, they don’t notice them.”
Insightful, but Chuck Bukowski beat him to the punch by about 40 years with his poem “assault”:
"Lorca was shot down in the road but here in America the poets never anger anybody. the poets don’t gamble. their poetry has the smell of clinics. their poetry has the smell of clinics. where people die rather then live. here they don’t assassinate the poets they don’t even notice the poets."
But it’s not just LeBeouf’s creative works that show signs of creative borrowing: his website isn’t original either. The Comics Journal’s Dan Nadel says LeBeouf’s “About” section on his website is a direct rip of the “About” section on Nadel’s PictureBox website.
And, finally, there’s the tweets. Usually, an apology requires a heartfelt examination of the situation you’ve gotten yourself into, followed by a swallowing of pride and an eventually explicit request for forgiveness. LeBeouf, however, is skipping all that with variations on great apologies from history. Take, for example, his use of Tiger Woods’ 2009 apology:
I have let my family down, and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 18, 2013
Or Robert McNamara’s statements about the Vietnam war:
I was wrong, terribly wrong. I owe it to future generations to explain why.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 18, 2013
And, of course, the Kanye:
It starts with this...I'm sorry @danielclowes— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 18, 2013
Or maybe LeBeouf is more of a Mark Zuckerberg guy:
I want to thank all of you who have written in and created groups and protested. Even though I wish I hadn't made so many of you angry.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 19, 2013
And, finally, there's the Shepard Fairey special:
I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment & I do take full responsibility for my actions, which were mine alone.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 19, 2013
Artist Clowes is currently examining his legal options. But given these new instances of plagiarization that have come to light, that examination probably just got a whole lot easier.