Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizes Gucci Mane's Twitter Apology
Shia LaBeouf's apology for Daniel Clowes skywriting incident features wording borrowed from a Gucci Mane Twitter apology.
Shia LaBeouf copied a Gucci Mane Twitter apology in his own Tweet about skywriting.
On Wednesday (January 1), the actor had an airplane skywrite "I'm sorry Daniel Clowes," an apology for copying the author's work for his HowardCantour.com short film.
After being criticized for hiring the plane to skywrite the apology, LaBeouf apologized on Twitter.
Im addicted to lean & that shit ain’t no joke. I can barely remember all the things I’ve done & said. However there’s no excuse 4 skywriting
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 4, 2014
This apology mirrors Gucci Mane's September 2013 apology for his behavior on Twitter.
I'm addicted to lean & that shit ain't no joke. I can barely remember all the things I've done & said. However there's no excuse. (Cont)
— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) September 22, 2013
LaBeouf has apologized several times for plagiarizing various works since mid-December, according to CNN.
LaBeouf began apologizing to Clowes last month (December 16).
"Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration," he Tweeted, as per CNN. "I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it."
Days later, he apologized again via Twitter.
"I want to thank all of you who have written in and created groups and protested," he said. "Even though I wish I hadn't made so many of you angry."
CNN reports a similarity between this Tweet and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg's apology in 2006 for an issue with his social network.
"Even though I wish I hadn't made so many of you angry, I am glad we got to hear you," Zuckerberg said at the time.
On December 28, LaBeouf issued another apology on Twitter, according to CNN.
"When you've made a mistake you should apologise," he said. "But more importantly -- most important of all -- you've got to learn from your mistakes."
CNN reports that this was a "cut-and-paste ripoff" of UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's 2012 apology, including the spelling of apologize.
On December 31, LaBeouf apologized yet again on Twitter
"I am sorry for all the plagiarized tweets, they all were unintelligent, ambiguous and needlessly hurtful," the actor said. "You have my apologies for offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you."
CNN reports that the phrase "unintelligent, ambiguous and needlessly hurtful" was taken from Lars von Trier's apology after being banned from Cannes Film Festival.
In June 2011, Shia LaBeouf spoke about his work with Kid Cudi and Cage.
“[Cage] is one of my good friends. Cage, Chris Palko, and I had been trying to make a movie about him for a while," he said in an interview with MTV News. "[Kid] Cudi hit [Cage] up and did a song with him. Cage sent me the song, called 'Maniac,' so initially, we started prepping this video, which is really like a short horror movie that I made that comes out on Halloween."