Shia LaBeouf had been dealing with a firestorm of backlash since mid-December, when it was revealed that his “HowardCantour.com” short film was lifted material from Daniel Clowes’s graphic novellas without proper credit. LaBeouf offered apologies, saying, “I was truly moved by his piece of work and I knew that it would make a poignant and relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it," before announcing his retirement from all public life.
The life-size heroic bust titled “The Last Tweet,” derives its name from LaBeouf’s last words on Twitter, saying, “I am not famous anymore,” a comment reflecting the actor’s desire to exit from public life. The bust depicts Shia Labeouf bare-chested, revealing two tattoos of iconic cartoon thieves, Dora the Explorer’s Swiper and McDonald’s Hamburglar. “If Shia LaBeouf succeeds, he would be the first celebrity famous for not being famous,” said artist Daniel Edwards.
“I’m disappointed that no one seems to be coming to Shia LaBeouf’s defense, as all artists lift ideas and do cover versions of their favorite artists and influences,” says Daniel Edwards. “He seems to be an artist focused on his enthusiasm for a subject – he just needs an assistant to help him issue proper credit. It is exciting that he is creating work and drawing inspiration from other talented artists. He deserves much more encouragement than what he is receiving.”
LaBeouf’s attempts to prove his contrition drew even more criticism when he started cribbing apology language from other high-profile Twitter users, including a “Celebrity Big Brother” contestant accused of racist comments.
“Shia’s original apology was brilliant,” said Cory Allen. “He was accused of lifting it from the Internet, which is a great bit of irony befitting of the contemporary dialogue in art.”
Other works by Edwards include “L.A. Fertility”, the nude pregnant sculpture of Kim Kardashian with her belly fully accessible for gallery-goers to rub for ‘good luck’ and the prenatal portraits of angel-winged celebrity fetuses titled “Womb Mates”, which depict Baby Kimye and the royal baby.