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Freakshow Books Announces Plagiarized L.A. Performance Artist To Protest Shia LaBeouf

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

WHAT:  Actor Shia LaBeouf is holding a multi-day, public "apology" entitled #IAMSORRY for his ongoing plagiarism of writers and artists.

L.A. performance artist and writer Scotch Wichmann, whose writings about performance were plagiarized by LaBeouf on Twitter in January, will protest LaBeouf's apology. 

WHEN: Thursday, February 13 -- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ongoing)

WHERE: Cohen Gallery (outside), 7354 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

WHO: L.A. writer & performance artist Scotch Wichmann (plus art friends throughout the day)

WHY: Scotch's debut novel -- a caper comedy about two performance artists -- comes out April 10th.  The text that LaBeouf plagiarized was developed by Scotch over many years, and plays a central role in the novel's themes about art, performance, and spectacle -- and now it's been "appropriated" without attribution by LaBeouf's PR stunt.

LaBeouf has used his fame and wealth to obscure the fact that his long-running PR prank began not as "art," but as cribbing.  Even now, his #IAMSORRY "apology" borrows heavily from "Rhythm 0," a groundbreaking 1974 piece by Marina Abramovic (who, unlike Shia, didn't require the presence of bodyguards during her performance).

We hope LaBeouf will choose to apologize for real, and support artists -- whose original ideas expand our imagination and contribute to our moral compass -- instead of taking their work.

WEB LINKS:

Article about the plagiarized text: 2p4m.com/shia

Side-by-side text comparison: 2p4m.com/text

About Two Performance Artists, Scotch's novel: 2p4m.com

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131113/LA14687)

SOURCE Freakshow Books

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