Shia LaBeouf is in hot water over allegedly plagiarizing the work of artist Daniel Clowes for his short film HowardCantour.com. LaBeouf tweeted out an apology last night, though part of it is eerily similar to an entry on Yahoo! Answers from four years ago.
Here was his initial apology:
To Daniel Clowes, and the many fans and supporters whom I have let down:
I have a dream.
I have a dream that on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will able to sit down together at the table of brother-hood.
I have a dream that my emulation of Mr. Clowes' work was born not out of arrogance or ill morals, but what we can do for our country.
In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I did not fear but fear itself. I put my thang down, flipped it and reversed it, and for that, I'm sorry seems to be the hardest word.
Daniel Clowes is an artist of immense renown. And as an artist, life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could smile because it happened. I'm a lot of things. I'm a bitch, I'm a lover. I'm a child, I'm a mother. But first and foremost, I am an artist, and I knew I loved Mr. Clowes' work before I met you.
I'm embarrassed that I failed to credit Mr. Clowes for his original graphic novella, which was my city upon a hill and thousand points of light and yes we can. I was truly moved by his piece of work, and for all my faults, I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.
So in response to all the criticism: I wish I could tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev.
To all my fans: I'm sorry for. 2004.
And to Daniel Clowes: you're a wizard, Harry.
Dance like no one's watching,
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