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.

Comments (20)
  1. Ugh, this kid.

  2. Um, I think Shia’s been editing his own Wikipedia page.

    In 2008, he played Henry “Mutt Williams” Jones III in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise. The film was a critical and commercial success.


  3. Nah, that’s definitely the facial hair of an honest man.

  4. He looks like he has lice.

  5. He’s like the freshman in college who doesn’t understand why he got an F for copying and pasting his entire essay from random sources.

    • I was going to say, he’s like a college student that thinks he’s more creative than he actually is. Go to any “Intro to Creative Wriiting” class and you’ll see 25 out of 30 kids who think the process of coming up with an idea or a joke or a character is copying it from somewhere else.

  6. You Can Make It Up: Ren Stevens Appropriates Christopher Ware for a Video Installation

  7. Looking at the original comic it appears Daniel Clowes might need to make an apology also.

  8. Disney reign him in pls

  9. This as good a time as any to go listen to “Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf” again.

  10. I think it’s likely he’s just a big dumb guy

  11. Where’s the Beef?

  12. In fairness to Shia, he probably found the Yahoo Answers link by doing a Google search. I mean, no one’s *THAT* deranged.

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