Freelance film journalist MaryAnn Johanson, who relocated from New York City to London a few years ago, was wise to screen-capture the blatant plagiarism of portions of her review of Norwegian film Turn Me On, Dammit! by Lianne Spiderbaby. (a.k.a. Lianne MacDougall). Shortly after she called out the writer via her website Flick Filosopher, all traces of the offending item vanished from Spiderbaby’s end. The Canadian-born Spiderbaby also apparently immediately started scrubbing her social media profile.
To Spiderbaby’s credit, she did not offer up the kind of BS excuse that Johanson was expecting. Instead, according to Johanson, Spiderbaby tweeted over the weekend the following:
I apologize for the plagiarism in my work. I am leaving journalism behind for awhile. I’m so very sorry to everyone esp those I’ve wronged.