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The Internet is one giant hoax

I don’t know what’s real anymore.

Shia LaBeouf has made the Internet slightly weirder and angrier than usual this week, at least in film critic and pop culture circles, when it became clear that he’d ripped off dialogue and visuals in his short film HowardCantour.com from a Daniel Clowes comic called Justin M. Damiano. He issued an apology, only it turns out that chunks of that apology are lifted whole cloth from a random entry on plagiarism found on Yahoo Answers that dates back a few years. It also turns out that his description of short films as a form that can “capture the essence of storytelling without the encumbrance of pop-psychology” (punctuation sic, and there’s more) is also stolen from a statement made by British producer Keith Phillips. Short of the Week, the site that debuted the clip the other day after it originally played Cannes last year (yep), has been distancing itself from the film as things have gotten worse.

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