Ahh, the sweet, sweet shame spiral. The Germans call our enjoyment of it schadenfreude. For some reason, film actor Shia LeBeouf rubs many people the wrong way. “A bit douchey,” I believe, is an expression used to describe him in some circles within which I trot. Also, I’ve heard him referred to as “that asshole who ruined Indiana Jones,” but then I have also heard this lobbed at Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford.
But regardless of mine or your opinion of LaBeouf “the boy/man,” the reality of it is that he got pegged for creative cheating, went on Twitter to apologize for his plagiarizing, and then got caught plagiarizing his plagiarism apology. “I fucked up,” is where his Twitter account sits now.
The original plagiarism was of a short film he made, in which he lifted the dialogue verbatim from an earlier graphic novel by artist Daniel Clowes. The follow-up apology came to his Twitter via a fascinatingly similar answer someone gave on Yahoo Answers describing the nature of plagiarism. The fact that Shia LaBeouf appears to not have an original bone in his body is very telling indeed.
Personally, so I can’t be accused of plagiarism in any format, I have chosen to post a screencap of an explanation regarding Mr. LaBeouf’s potential intentions from The A.V. Club (an offshoot of The Onion). I simply don’t think a discussion of Mr. LaBeouf or his antics could be penned any better.
Yeah, I’m, feeling some pretty damn good schadenfreude right now (Jeff extinguishes a cigarette on his arm to “complete” the majesty of the experience).
Here’s more stars getting in trouble with Twitter: