Well just a few hours ago we were speculating that serial plagiarist Shia LaBeouf wouldn’t be speaking out until the round of press for his next movie, band while his lawyers probably wish he would, it seems he’ll engage in pseudo-intellectual debates over the nature of art with anyone with his email address. It’s a painful read, especially since none of the cobbled together babble makes any sense even given the generally respectful line of questioning—and it also proves that apologies and skywriting aside, LaBeouf really isn’t sorry for stealing at all.
Although Rich J. claims “And a quick Google search indicates that they appear to be in Shia’s own words as well.” many of the quotes in the interviews are from other people (as if the choppy nature of the answers didn’t give it away.)
“Art is a lie the makes us realize the truth.” — Picasso
“It’s not plagiarism in the digital age – it’s repurposing.” — Kenneth Goldsmith
“Copyright law has got to give up its obsession with ‘the copy.’ The law should not regulate ‘copies’ or ‘modern reproductions’ on their own. It should instead regulate uses–like public distributions of copies of copyrighted work–that connect directly to the economic incentive copyright law was intended to foster.” — Laurence Lessig
“Creativity is just connecting things” — Steve Jobs
…and so on. I guess once he got caught, LaBeouf is trying to make out like this is a Joaquin Phoenix-style art project to avoid legal recourse. Plus, he’s just a big old troll.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.