Lena Dunham thinks we’re sociopaths
I've always felt, utterly and unchangeably, that only sociopaths hire skywriters.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) January 4, 2014
So Lena Dunham did not specifically say, you, Dave Kyu, are a sociopath, or that you, participants of Write Sky, are sociopaths. Rather, we’re just collateral damage from her tweet, directed towards another celebrity who is embroiled in a plagiarism scandal slash publicity prank.
So let’s back up. Lena’s tweet was actually a response to another tweet by celebrity Shia Lebeouf (@thecampaignbook). This tweet contained an image of the sky-typed message Shia commissioned over Los Angeles on January 1st, 2014, which read, “I AM SORRY DANIEL CLOWES.”
CLOUD: - vapor floating in the atmosphere - remote servers used to SHARE DATA - to make LESS CLEAR or TRANSPARENT pic.twitter.com/jw9JlEi791— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 1, 2014
Ok, back another step. In December 2013, Shia Lebeouf released his short film, HowardCantour.com, on the internet. Shortly thereafter, everyone on the internet, and also comic artist Daniel Clowes, came to realize that the film lifted long passages directly from Clowes’ 2007 comic, Justin M. Damiano. When the accusations first came to light, Shia defended his “unwitting” plagiarism, and issued an apology, again, entirely through Twitter. Here it is:
Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it.
I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
While Shia doesn’t seem to understand why plagiarism is wrong, he does seem sorry. But it turns out that even the apology itself was plagiarized from an old Yahoo! Answers post by a user named Lili. Shia issued more apologies, which continued to be plagiarized. Under increasing scrutiny, to everyone’s surprise and chagrin, came the January 1st sky-typing. Which is what led to Lena’s tweet, that skywriters are sociopaths.
Which leads all of us in Write Sky facing a difficult question. Are we sociopaths?