Shia LaBeouf Really Has A Weird (Stupid) Way Of Showing He’s A Daniel Clowes Fan
I'll be honest with you: I'm getting just as sick of writing about Shia LaBeouf's continued efforts to win the Jerk Olympics as you may be of reading about him, but he keeps trying to top himself after initially being accused of plagiarizing Daniel Clowes (and now, many others) and it's impossible to ignore.
This time around, he tweeted a photo of a storyboard for "my next short," "Daniel Boring," clearly a not-even-thinly-veiled rip-off of Clowes' "David Boring," which he serialized in his series Eightball. Clowes' attorney, Michael J. Kump, sent LaBeouf's attorney a cease-and-desist order, and the Transformers actor posted that, too.
Here are the tweets:
In his letter, Kump doesn't really mess around: "The storyboard drawings in Mr. LaBeouf's photo in his tweet today are copied from Mr. Clowes' word 'David Boring.'"
Even LaBeouf's description of the story, “it’s like Fassbinder meets half-baked Nabokov on Gilligan’s Island," is straight from Clowes.
At the end of the letter, Kump even makes a personal plea:
Brian, your client is seriously out of control. He must stop his improper and outlandish conduct directed at Mr. Clowes and his works, and your client must take all necessary and appropriate steps to redress his wrongs. We have been waiting since December 27 to hear how Mr. LaBeouf intends to make right, but all that has happened is further wrongful acts, such as described above, and more foolishness such as Mr. LaBeouf’s New Year’s Day sky-writing frolic that exposed Mr. Clowes to further ridicule. Leave Mr. Clowes alone, and address and fix these problems immediately.
So, in case it wasn't clear before now, don't hurt the kid from Holes' feelings, or things are gonna get weird.