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Shia LaBeouf: 'Plagiarism Is Performance Art'

Actor gives his opinion on Howard Cantour film controversy...

Shia LaBeouf has exclaimed that recent accusations of plagiarism have all been in the name of "performance art".

The ex-Transformers actor has been criticised in the press after it was revealed that his short film Howard Cantour had plagiarised Daniel Clowes graphic novel.

LaBeouf - who claimed earlier this month that he was "retiring from public life" after his war of words with Clowes - is now said to have tried to justify his actions on Twitter.

According to Gossip Cop, Shia wrote on Saturday (January 18): "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.

"All art is either plagarisum (sic) or revolution & to be revolutionary in art today, is to be reactionary. 

"In the midst of being embroiled in acts of intended plagiarism, the world caught me & I reacted."

He went on to explain his Twitter user name, The show began. I became completely absorbed, oblivious to things around me."

The actor also explained that his Twitter handle, @TheCampaignBook, represents "meta-modernist performance art," adding that his actions have sparked a "broad cultural discussion that needs to be had about plagiarism in the digital age & celebrity/social media absurdity."

Shia also poked fun at his recent scuffle in a London pub, ending his rant with the hashtag: "#StopHeadButting."