Shia LaBeouf's Latest Dan Clowes "Apologies" More of the Same


As he did yesterday, Shia LaBoeuf took to Twitter this morning to continue apologizing for apparently having plagiarized chunks of a Daniel Clowes comic for his recently-released short film.

And as he did yesterday, LaBoeuf used the famous apologies of others rather than his own words--something that's got more than a few heads shaking, wondering whether he's taking the whole thing seriously at all--or whether it's even something to be taken seriously, or all part of some elaborate performance art that Clowes may or may not be in on.

Really, those seem to be the only options when, after having been caught copying and pasting his first apology from Yahoo! Answers, his second apology was made upof some of the most famous apologies of all time--and now, the third as well.

"I want to thank all of you who have written in and created groups and protested," LaBoeuf tweeted, quoting Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. "Even though I wish I hadn't made so many of you angry."

He added, "I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment & I do take full responsibility for my actions, which were mine alone."


That one's the most on-the-nose reference yet--the line's from Shepard Fairey, who found himself in hot water after he appropriated an Associated Press photograph of President Obama without permission for a piece of art that he then started aggressively merchandising, effectively making himself one of the most critically-acclaimed copyright violators in recent memory.

Before eventually apologizing, Fairey's initial defense was the same as LaBeouf's first tweets implied his would be: that by taking someone else's art and placing it in a different context, he had created something greater than the sum of its parts.