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Shia LaBeouf Retires After Being Caught Plagiarizing Multiple Times

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Shia LaBeouf is Retiring. After being caught in two plagiarism incidents, Shia LaBeouf announced that he is retiring “from all public life” at the age of 27. This all began with the December 2013 release of Shia LaBeouf’s short film, a creation that gave absolutely no credit to the fact that it was ” based on the comic ‘Justin M. Damiano,’ by Daniel Clowes.” Then came Shia LaBeouf apologizes on December 17, 2013 but it was later learned that those apologies were plagiarized as well.

His first apology was taken from an obscure entry on Yahoo! Answers; after that bizarre theft was called out, he began using lines from mea culpas by icons and celebrities, including Robert McNamara, Tiger Woods, and Mark Zuckerberg.

The Twitter apologies continued until New Year’s Eve, when LaBeouf wrote on Twitter that he was sorry for “offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you,” a statement that was taken from a Red State article and that declared a strange sort of victory. But none of this started off as an attempt at ironic plagiarism.

Now Shia LaBeouf has taken a drastic, diva move and announced his retirement “from all public life” in a short series of tweets.

In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life.

— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 10, 2014

My love goes out to those who have supported me.

— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 10, 2014


— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 10, 2014

Of course LaBeouf is taking this to far. Senator Rand Paul didn’t make such a bombastic announcement after being caught plagiarizing multiple times. My guess: LaBeouf is not going anywhere. Actors sign up for films years in advance. Did he really cancel or renege on all those signed contracts? I doubt it. That would sour working relationships.

Do you think Shia LaBeouf is gone from the big and small screen for good?

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Source: Buzzfeed, Slashfilm


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