Shia LaBeouf just can’t stop apologizing for having plagiarized Daniel Clowes’ comic book in his short film, Howard Cantour. This time he did it in skywriting over the city of Los Angeles on New Year’s Day, with the simple message, “I am sorry Daniel Clowes,” posting a photograph of it on Twitter. Prior to that, on New Year’s Eve, Shia, a former Disney child star, tweeted: “Mr Clowes, I can only ask that you view my apology as a stepping stone toward repairing this misunderstanding between us. I’m sorry.” However, later that day he tweeted another plagiarized apology: “You have my apologies for offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you.”
The original “apology” appeared in May in an article that appeared on RedState.com, in which a pro-life advocate mocked pro-choice supporters in nearly the same words: “In the meantime, again, you have my apologies for offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you and your outrageous hyperbole and lies.” Doesn’t sound like an apology, does it? Shia came under fire earlier for not giving credit to Clowes’ comic book for using direct quotes from it in his movie, but also for stealing his apologies rather than writing something sincere and more importantly, original.