I moonlight (daylight?) as a writing teacher, and if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: If it’s not your idea, cite your source. If they aren’t your words, cite your source. Failure to do so implies that those words and ideas are your own, which is not only dishonest, it’s plagiarism.
It would seem Shia LaBeouf was absent the day his English teacher gave the same lecture.
The actor — who found himself in the plagiarism hotseat back in February when his email to the director of the Broadway production of “Orphans” turned out to be taken verbatim from an 2009 Esquire article — is once again learning the difficult PR lesson of “giving credit where credit is due.”
LeBeouf’s short film “HowardCantour.com,” which was released on Monday, used entire passages (word-for-word) from graphic novel writer Daniel Clowes‘ story “Justin M. Damiano” and failed to cite or credit Clowes.
“I’ve never even seen one of his films that I can recall – and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work,” Clowes told BuzzFeed.
Once the issue came to light, LeBeouf took to Twitter to (sort of) apologize, saying in a number of tweets: Read more