Shia LaBoeuf defends acts of plagiarism as Joaquin Phoenix-style 'performance art'

The "Nymphomanic" star attempts to explain his random acts of plagiarism.

By Kate Stanton
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Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Remember when Joaquin Phoenix "retired" from acting to pursue a rap career, made an incoherent appearance on Dave Letterman, then returned a year later to say it was all a hoax for a mockumentary called I'm Still Here?

Taking a page from Phoenix's play book, Shia LaBeouf, who also "retired" recently, tweeted then deleted a lengthy explanation of his unusual behavior -- which has included alleged acts of plagiarism and strange Twitter outbursts.


According to LaBeouf, it was all in the name of "meta-modernist performance art."

In his first post, LaBeouf claims that his Twitter feed is part of a #stopcreating performance project which aims to start a conversation about plagiarism, original artwork, social-media sharing and "celebrity/social media absurdity."

Performance art has been a way of appealing directly to a large public, as well as shocking audiences into reassessing their own notions of art and its relation to culture. My twitter “@thecampaignbook” is metamodernist performance art. A Performative redress which is all a public apology really is.


In the midst of being embroiled in acts of intended plagiarism, the world caught me & I reacted. The show began. I became completely absorbed, oblivious to things around me. I found absorption in what I was doing, freed my conscious and released my authentic creative imagination.

My use of Twitter started a broad cultural discussion that needs to be had about plagiarism in the digital age *celebrity/social media absurdity…

"My actions here are only as interesting as the conversations that come about as a result of them. The fact that they were started at all is a positive thing," he added.

LaBeouf capped off the letter with an apology, then followed up with another page full of "Performance a#RTs."

[The Wrap]

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