Instead of giving in to the initial report that he was having creative difficulties, Shia shared his dramatic emails with all of his followers. When it was suggested by the director that he and costar Alec Baldwin were too temperamental to deal with each other , Shia LaBeouf shared quotes from David Mamet and Mark Twain’s thoughts on what it is to be a man.
The one problem with this? Shia published these e-mails without giving proper credit to Twain, Mamet, and most importantly Tom Chiarella’s GQ piece “What Is a Man?” who’s lines are completely lifted for Shia’s email.
In the e-mail LaBeouf shares Chairella’s words:
“A man owns up. That’s why Mark McGwire is not a man. A man grasps his mistakes. He lays claim to who he is, and what he was, whether he likes them or not. Some mistakes, though, he lets pass if no one notices. Like dropping the steak in the dirt.”
One person who doesn’t seem to be affected by LaBeouf’s plagarism is Chiarella himself. The author told Daily Intelligence about hearing his own words in LaBeouf’s email:
“I said, ‘That sounds good,’ because I thought he had written it. Then he said, ‘They’re your words!’ I’m assuming Shia Googled it. I won’t pass judgement on the guy, but I will say this: It’s a very tough assignment. You’re giving people words they might lean on someday. This is not the type of leaning I had in mind.”
As a response to the whole plagiarism scandal, Shia tweets: “Invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school.”
Enough said, Shia! Enough said.