Shia LaBeouf: The “plagiarism” thing was performance art

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf

Another day, another round of Shia LaBeouf trying to bullsh!t everyone into thinking his plagiarism was all just performance art, so that he won’t get sued straight to hell. Anyway, here he is trying to convince everyone on Twitter that his stealing part and parcel from Daniel Clowes was him commenting on culture, and we’ll get to why that’s a lie after the blockquote. Via HuffPo

“Performance art has been a way of appealing directly to a large public, as well as shocking audiences into reassessing their own notions of art and its relation to culture,” the actor explained. “All art is either plagarisum [sic] or revolution & to be revolutionary in art today, is to be reactionary. In the midst of being embroiled in acts of intended plagiarism, the world caught me & I reacted. The show began. I became completely absorbed, oblivious to things around me.”

Now, here’s why that’s total crap:

#1: The film came out in May last year for the Cannes Film Festival, and no one said anything until December when it was released online for everyone to see. So basically, he only “revealed” his “commentary” after everyone called him out on it.

#2: Remember that time he stole an entire article from GQ and used that as a public apology? Uh-huh.

#3: The tweet has since been deleted, which I’m going to assume means it meant nothing and was just a ploy for attention.

#4: I’d go on further, but everything that can be said about this has already been said better by Luke McKinney on Cracked. Did you see that Shia? Did you see how, instead of stealing someone’s much better idea and claiming it as my own, I gave them full credit and pointed people towards their work? Do you see how that works?


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