On December 17, 2014 Shia LaBeouf released his short film Howard Cantour.com. It did not take long for sharp eyes to detect the uncanny resemblance to a comic strip by famous creatorDaniel Clowes.
LaBeouf took to Twitter to apologize for the mishap. Funny enough, even his mea culpa tweet seems to be plagiarized!
LaBeouf obviously does not know how to apologize. His tweet “[getting] lost in the creative process
” doesn’t justify ripping off Daniel Clowes, especially considering the amount of time and work Clowes put into it.LeBeouf also answered numerous questions about the origins of the short movie without pointing out that he adapted it from the comic strip,Funny enough, even his apology about his plagiarism seems to be plagiarized! Andrew Hake noticed on Twitter
that LaBeouf has already been caught once before in plagiarizing an apology
. It seems that LaBeouf prefers trolling the Internet to find “his” apology instead of writing it himself.
According to Andrew S. Allen “We were led to believe by Shia and the filmmaking team that the story and script for HowardCantour.com was completely original,. There is a global outcry about the uncredited use of Daniel Clowes’ work. That didn’t come until it hit online. If it wasn’t for the legions of online Clowes fans, this may never have come to light.
As curators of a powerful but under-appreciated medium like short film where filmmakers spend years of work to make little or no money, the recognition you get from your work, and therefore attribution, is often all you have, so we take it seriously. Until Clowes grants permission and is credited in the work, we’ve pulled the film offline.”
Meanwhile on Twitter, users came together with the tongue-in-cheek hashtag #shialaboeuffilms to offer some suggestions for future projects LaBoeuf could create that would also be “inspired by someone else’s idea”:
Shia LaBeouf tried to close the unpleasant incident by stating that his behavior, tweets, plagiarism and public apologies were all part of his “performance art” for a project called #stopcreating. Guess what? He got the idea from Joaquin Phoenix.
Curious minds want to know – was that LaBoeuf’s final act of plagiarism?
The Vatican wanted to commemorate Pope Francis’ first year of reign with a medal.
The Italian State Mint created and minted a few thousand medals in gold, silver and bronze for purchase.
The medals feature the Pontiff’s coat of arms and motto and went on sale on October8, 2013. Soon after, it was noticed that “Jesus” was misspelled as “Lesus” in Pope Francis’ motto.
His official motto is Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum, et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi, “Sequere me” [Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, “follow me”]
Once the typo was detected, Vatican officials quickly recalled thousands of medals slated for sale. However, four of the “flawed” medals were already snapped up by collectors before the embarrassing mistake was detected, which makes their value soar.
According to Francesco Santarossa, a coin and stamp shop owner close to St. Peter’s Square, no such a mistake has ever happened before in the 600-year-long history of papal medals.
In the current social media age, puns like “Lesus” Christ. “I blame the Lesuits” quickly made the rounds on Twitter.
Moral of the story: also the Vatican needs a good proofreader! Quod est demonstrandum!