At this point, we’re really hoping Shia LaBeouf just doesn’t know what the word “plagiarize” means. Otherwise, his latest spat with Girls writer Lena Dunham will mark yet another case of Shia blatantly claiming someone’s words as his own.
In the first round of Shia not giving credit where it’s due, cartoonist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes accused the 27-year-old actor of ripping off his comic in Shia’s latest film. In response, Shia reportedly plagiarized a series of apologies before ultimately taking to the sky where he wrote “sorry” among the clouds.
Back on earth, Shia found himself the butt of many a skywriting joke, one of which particularly caught his eye.
“I’ve always felt, utterly and unchangeably, that only sociopaths hire skywriters,” tweeted Lena on January 4.
Shortly thereafter, without directly mentioning Lena, Shia tweeted, “I don’t mind creating debate with thoroughly considered artistic expressions but I don’t want to offend with a tweet. Sorry world,” a message sources cite as coming from Lena’s own Twitter back in 2012.
Shia then added, “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.”
Lena soon realized she’d joined the elite club of the LaBeouf-ed and tweeted her thanks — “Vaguely recognized Shia Labeouf’s latest twitter apology and realized it was MINE! Touché, Louis Stevens” (that was one of two Lena January 4 messages Shia retweeted).
The well-known writer then harkened back to Shia’s simpler days on Disney: “Projecting a lot of rage against my 7th grade boyfriend on LaBeouf. Think this is the start of something really productive #2014.”
At least this whole thing is inspiring someone to be productive.