Shia LaBeouf Declares Retirement After Plagiarism Attack
In the wake of plagiarism uproar, Shia LaBeouf announced that he has had enough of public life. The "Transformers" actor tweeted on Friday, January 10 morning, "In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life."
The 27-year-old actor further emphasized that his intention to escape the spotlight was due to the recent criticism against his short film "HowardCantour.com". He tweeted, "My love goes out to those who have supported me," and added the hashtag "#stopcreating."
LaBeouf received backlash after his film used the words from a 2007 comic written and drawn by artist Daniel Clowes for its narration. He reportedly took them word-by-word liberally without crediting the source. The actor later apologized in a series of tweets and defended his action. He wrote, "Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work."
He continued, "In my excitement and naivete 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."
Although posting numerous apologies, LaBeouf was criticized for being insincere. He tweeted on New Year's Eve, "You have my apologies for offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you." The next day, he followed it up with a skywriting apology, saying, "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" in Southern California.
Clowes, who lives up north in the Bay Area, commented on the plagiarism, "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."
LaBeouf continued with the mockery on Wednesday when he captioned a photo on Twitter, "Storyboard for my next short 'Daniel Boring' its like Fassbinder meets half-baked Nabokov on Gilligan's Island." He was referring to Clowes' other comic series "David Boring". Clowes' legal team have demanded LaBeouf to stop his campaign to "ridicule" their client.
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