What’s Eating Shia LaBeouf?

Yesterday I saw an article about Shia LaBeouf retiring in a Norwegian online Newspaper (Dagbladet).
I love Shia, so I found it a bit sad that this recent plagiarism war (also been written about in this newspaper earlier) he’s in has gotten this far. Then again, after reading around a bit, I am not sure if this tweet is really him “retiring” or just another paraphrased tweet copying Justin Bieber’s “retirement” not so very long ago.

As much as I understand why there is so much hate around him for this plagiarism issue, I also think it is ridiculous that this has gotten so much PR, and that the media is analyzing his every word! I’m sure if you look long enough, and dig far enough you’ll find that every idea has been inspired and seeded by some other persons idea. To be 100% original these days is extremely hard. We see it in music, film and everywhere else. Only because Shia didn’t mention this guys name in his film, he’s done something wrong. He was only 2 words away from not getting sued. Maybe just one phone call. Which was a rookie mistake.

So what is plagiarism?

(from google)
plagiarism (pleɪdʒərɪz(ə)m), noun
  1. the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own. 
I agree that he should’ve credited Daniel Clowes in his film.
And any other author he has copied bits from, or been inspired by in his other works, it wouldn’t take that much time to do.
Of course he should have, i’m aware of the copyright laws.
But he didn’t. Get over it.
Now everyone knows.. so what’s the big deal. Just let it go.
Why sue Shia when this guy has gotten so much PR from this incident, he should be happy. I’m sure even more people will buy his graphic novels now.

I also find it hilarious that people keep getting annoyed over his “stolen” apologies on twitter. Obviously he does it on purpose. Maybe I just have a temper, like he seems to have, but who wouldn’t if they knew people were watching and analyzing every step they took. It’s stupid that people care so much about a copied sentence, obviously put there to annoy, which also makes it a reason to do it.

But Shia isn’t the first one to plagiarize, is he?
Just the idea of ownership. How much longer can it last, when nearly every idea has been used.

Imagine if everyone would get angry for everything that was “stolen” from them. How about films. How many films copy ideas from each other? How many times have we seen clips almost identical to, for instance, scenes from The Shining. And stories, and characters and songs, and photos. Also, I wonder if every comedy sketch gets permission to make a parody of a film, scene, song or whatever (Of course if they pay enough money.)? They may of course credit the original most of the time, but not always. How many songs use the same chord progression? Anyone?
And can you sue the U.S (and others of course) from taking numerous film ideas (and usually destroying them) from other countries? I guess not, cause they pay for the rights. How about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg getting sued because he “stole” a social networking idea, it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t so successful. It’s all about the money and fame, but we all know that.
How about photos. Visualize a paparazzi who takes all these secret pictures of celebrities, even when they don’t want to. Don’t you own yourself? No the paparazzi does.. at least the picture, of YOU. So just sue everyone who takes a picture and publish it without your permission!

You can’t copyright an idea.

I once wrote a song that sounded exactly like a song from The Offsprings. I’d never heard the song before and I didn’t know that it was almost identical until years later. If I was famous, someone would’ve picked that up long ago and gossiped until it reached The Offsprings and I may’ve gotten sued too! Luckily, i’m not famous.

Point is, original ideas don’t grow on trees. Sometimes you may believe you have an awesome, never-ever-though-off-before idea, but then it turns out.. it’s not. But if you are able to inspire a person enough for him wanting to make a film out of your idea/story, try to be a little bit happy about it. Now you’ve got your credit, stop whining. And you’ll probably get some money too for it, so stop whining.

Oh yeah, and I read another blog post about Shia, plagiarism and that he wouldn’t make it in college.
Funny, cause yeah you can’t plagiarize in your essays in college, but you are aloud to paraphrase and use quotes. In fact you sort of have to. We are taught to use others ideas, and set them up against each other. We are taught that these are the correct theories, and if you think otherwise, leave these thoughts out of the essay, cause personal interpretations are not well for you grade, because you’re just a student with not enough knowledge to have your own say. So I think he would do pretty well in college if he remembered to write a bibliography and use quotation marks.

My point is:
Yes! Shia did wrong by not accredit this man, but!
Why blow up such a tiny thing, and why keep pushing it.
We all know he copied Clowes novel and others by now.
Give him a break. Most of you critics, he’s never even spoken off.

I’ve learned that if someone really annoys you, why spend time on them, just ignore them. They won’t find it amusing anymore to irritate you. So if you don’t like Shia, ignore him instead of writing mean, pointless comments, and analyzing his every word.

It’s like if you feed the bird in the winter, it will keep coming back. If you then stop, it’ll die of starvation.
In other words.. just don’t give him attention if you want his “stolen” tweets to die of the lack of recognition.
I’m still amazed these news have reached the cold north.

So my last words are:

and watch Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac when it comes out! 😀

– CinaMonster-

P.S. Sorry about the digressions. This is just my thoughts.

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