Shia LaBeouf Apologizes to Daniel Clowes Via Skywriting

Shia LaBeouf Apologizes Daniel Clowes Skywriting

“I am sorry Daniel Clowes,” read a message in the Los Angeles sky on New Year’s day that was apparently commissioned by Shia LaBeouf, who posted a photo of the writing on his @thecampaignbook Twitter feed.

The actor has been tweeting for several days to express his remorse for closely copying the comic “Justin M. Damiano,” by graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, in his short film “Howard Cantour.” “Ghost World” author Clowes lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

The skywriting was visible across several parts of Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon, including Hollywood, Glendale and Studio City. A company called Worldwide Sky Ads tweeted that their team the Skywriters was responsible for the message.

On New Year’s Eve, La Beouf tweeted that his resolution is to “work on being a less controversial tweeter.” But it’s hard not to view the whole thing as an elaborate art project, since many of the tweets he sent in apology were themselves lines from other works.

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  1. Jimmy says:

    Mr. Clowes, I can only ask that you view my apology as a stepping stone toward repairing this misunderstanding between us. I’m sorry. — Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 31, 2013

    So stealing is now to be labeled as “misunderstanding”. Shoplifters (inc Lohan) of the world rejoice !!

  2. Suzan Rausch says:

    We were watching the Rose Bowl in Tulsa when we saw the sky writing. We paused the picture to see what it said but had no clue what it meant. Thanks for the explanation

  3. His tweet earlier in the day – “I am sorry for all the plagiarized tweets, they all were unintelligent, ambiguous and needlessly hurtful.” – plagiarizes Lars Von Trier.

    Nice troll, actually. Well done.

  4. chuck says:

    Another plagiarized apology!
    “I can only ask that you view my apology as a stepping stone toward repairing this misunderstanding between us.”
    Val Kilmer said this in June 2010.
    http://www.ivillage.com/val-kilmer-apologizes-new-mexico-comment/1-a-213680

    • Jimmy says:

      I bet LaBeouf simultaneously loves and hates the internet

      a) for easy access for ‘misunderstandings’ (theft) to happen

      b) and for being……… BUSTED.

  5. DLI says:

    Maybe should have used that money for acting lessons.

  6. AJ says:

    This entire ordeal seems like a planned publicity stunt. No one would care to watch a short film directed by Shia if it weren’t for controversy. This controversy will drive views. As far as I’m concerned, Daniel Clowes had already given Shia permission to adapt his work and they’re both watching the knee jerk reactionary media carry news of this short film across the Internet. If it’s not the case, Daniel needs to grow a pair and bring this to court.

    • Jimmy says:

      Sorry AJ,

      “No one would care to watch a short film directed by Shia if it weren’t for controversy”,

      er no, even with this… No one cares.

  7. steven says:

    How desperate is he?

  8. Unfortunately, it seems he plagiarized the words “I am sorry Daniel Clowes” from an apology letter someone else wrote Daniel Clowes.

  9. Christian says:

    So the author lives in San Francisco yet Shia has this hired people to do this over LA where Shia lives?
    Complete publicity stunt

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