Shia LaBeouf first apologized for plagiarizing one of author Daniel Clowes' graphic novellas on Dec. 16, and he hasn't let himself of the hook. Following two weeks' worth of apologetic tweets, the actor took to the sky—literally—to express his deep regret via a skywritten message on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
The move was widely mocked by most Twitter users, including a few of its more famous members. "This is by far the most I've ever been entertained by Shia LaBeouf," Seth Rogen quipped on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Young Adult star Patton Oswalt tweeted LaBeouf directly and wrote, "If you're gonna be that dumb, delusional AND boring when you speak, just go ahead and plagiarize." He then linked to an article published in 2011 in which LaBeouf claimed he turned an initial $20,000 investment into $489,000 by trading various securities while prepping for his role in the movie Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.
Unfortunately, LaBeouf and John Thomas Financial CEO Thomas Belesis had been selling InterOil shares to investors. The stock lost over $300 million in market value in a single day on Sept. 27, 2011.
"Your words: 'I never profited off anyone's back.' Except when you defrauded investors," Patton alleged in his tweet. Saturday Night Live writer Chris Kelly also teased LaBeouf, tweeting, "Gotta give Shia LaBeouf credit. This is great advertising for...the 10th Anniversary of Holes on Blu-Ray?"
LaBeouf has yet to respond to his peers' tweets directly, but he did retweet several non-famous users' theories as to why he hasn't stopped publicly apologizing to Clowes. "I told you Shia LaBeouf's performance art is more interesting than Joaquin Phoenix's ever was," one fan wrote.
The actor also linked to a blog post in defense of his actions titled "Shia LaBeouf's Self-Immolating Rage Will Lead Him to Death or Glory or Both." LaBeouf then retweeted a fan who said the movie star "deconstructs our culture's obsession with originalism and schadenfreude with innovative performance-parody."
Clowes, meanwhile, has yet to tweet about LaBeouf's multiple apologies.