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Shia LaBeouf Plagiarism Scandal

The Weird Events Leading Up to Shia LaBeouf's Public Retirement

For the past month, Shia LaBeouf has been embroiled in a very public plagiarism scandal. This week, the controversy came to a head when LaBeouf announced via Twitter that he is "retiring from all public life." The whole scandal has been bizarre, messy, and hard to follow, so we're breaking it down. Here's what happened:

Dec. 16: LaBeouf Is Publicly Accused of Plagiarism

Earlier that week, Howard Cantour, a short film directed by LaBeouf, debuted on the internet. Soon after, news broke that Daniel Clowes was accusing LaBeouf of lifting dialogue and characters from his graphic novel, Justin M. Damiano.

Dec 16: LaBeouf Issues an Apology Via Twitter

Dec. 18: People Realize His Apologies Were Plagiarized

This was lifted from Tiger Woods's apology for his 2009 cheating scandal:

This quote came from former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, who was apologizing for the US's part in the Vietnam War:

Dec. 29: He Keeps Plagiarizing Apologies

He took this from Jade Goody, a Big Brother UK contestant, who was apologizing for racist remarks:

Jan. 1: LaBeouf Skywrites an Apology to Daniel Clowes

He tweeted a picture of the skywritten apology, which was done in LA, even though Clowes lives near San Francisco.

Jan. 6: He Plagiarizes Taylor Swift . . . Then Apologizes

In a tweet with a link to an article about his plagiarism scandal, LaBeouf lifted words from a speech Taylor Swift gave in 2012 inspiring kids to read more.

Then he apologized, kind of.

Taylor Swift has, unsurprisingly, not commented.

Jan. 8: LaBeouf Shares Some Artwork

The actor tweeted out a graphic novel about his next short film, Daniel Boring, which I think we can all agree is a really creative title.

Jan. 8, Later: LaBeouf Receives a Cease-and-Desist Letter From Daniel Clowes

He tweeted it out, naturally.

Jan. 9: His Even Stevens costar comments on her former TV brother:

Christy Carlson Romano, who played Ren on the Disney Channel original series Even Stevens, commented on her TV brother's bizarre behavior: "He's always just honored his artistic instincts, even when he was 12 years old to about 15 or 16 as we worked together," she said. "So this is him experimenting with his artistic instincts. This is not just some breakdown, like some other child actors. This isn't some emotional neediness. This is something that he's actively doing."

Jan. 10: LaBeouf Decides He's Done With Public Life

In Conclusion:

mrsbthediva mrsbthediva 3 years
Damn, damn, damn! Again?! Oh, why, Shia? Why? As someone else said, I can't tell if you're crazy or pulling some elaborate ruse, but please stop. I still root for you based on the fact that I have loved you since Even Stevens and I liked watching you develop your acting chops, not to mention you grew into a very good looking guy...but you're making it hard for me to stay on your team. I need you to get it together.
Dan15264651 Dan15264651 3 years
This is my internet soapbox, and 4 people will hear me!
Jenna-Gill Jenna-Gill 3 years
Best conclusion of all time.
yhk2014 yhk2014 3 years
Honestly, Shia, you deserve to be called out. You became what no one wants, the snobby stuck up pain in the butt celebrity. I LOVED even stevens when I was younger. i actually enjoyed it, but after I sat watching you film the butcher scene in The Transformers 2 and you gave me that nasty attitude when you were texting, please, do us a favor. Disappear. That day, a veteran star, that had plenty of top notch roles was nice enough to stop over to the crowd and shake out hands, the one and only John Tuttoro. Just keep in mind Shia, if it wasnt for the hard working Americans thar have been buying your movie tickets or Licenses goods, you would be a nobody. Take it from Tuttoro, atleast give us, the ones paying your salary in which we slaved for that money, some appreciation and respect.
Michael15257682 Michael15257682 3 years
It looks like Shia is totally tolling the internetz, LOL! If that's what he's doing, I totally co-sign. A lot of people take social media WAY to seriously...that type of trolling NEEDS to happen more often! #WhoIsTokyoPro
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 3 years
I can't tell if he's trying to be funny or if he is crazy. Either way, I love that he plagiarized other people's apologies.
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