Quentin Tarantino's film blogger girlfriend caught up in plagiarism row

Lianne MacDougall, girlfriend of Quentin Tarantino, accused of copying dozens of reviews

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 3:19am


The US horror-writer girlfriend of Hollywood filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has been accused of plagiarising dozens of reviews by other critics for a regular column.

Lianne MacDougall, who uses the pen-name Lianne Spiderbaby reportedly copied material by writers for Empire magazine, Critical-Film.com and HighDefDigest.com among others, for a column titled "Spiderbaby's Terror Tapes" on the FEARnet site.

The alleged plagiarism was discovered after blogger Mike White of the site Impossible Funky set about following up an e-mail tip-off from an anonymous source.

White later detailed MacDougall's misappropriations in excruciating detail in a post on his blog last weekend.

MacDougall, host of the award-winning horror multimedia site Fright Bytes and author of forthcoming book Grindhouse Girls: Cinema's Hardest Working Women has since deleted her Twitter account and pulled her website from the internet.

Before doing that she apparently tweeted a brief apology to followers which was screen-captured by some sites: "I apologise for the plagiarism in my work. I am leaving journalism behind for a while. I'm so sorry to everyone esp those I've wronged."

FEARnet has since removed all of MacDougall's reviews.

MaryAnn Johanson of the FlickFilosopher site said she was shocked to discover one of her reviews had been "borrowed" for MacDougall's column.

"I'm sick of this s**t, and it's time to start publicly shaming the wrongdoers," she wrote. "Here's my review of Turn Me On, Dammit! Lianne Spiderbaby's is here. And just in case she decides to edit it, here's the screenshot I took this morning, with the passages that have been lifted directly from my review highlighted."

The Gawker website has detailed MacDougall's attempts to convince White and other bloggers to remove their articles containing allegations against her. The site also posted a defence of the writer by Tim Lucas, editor of horror magazine Video Watchdog, suggesting that the writer was the victim of jealousy from fellow bloggers.

"Ever since Lianne arrived on the scene I have noticed that she projects an image that certain fans hate on sight," Lucas wrote.

"She's young, beautiful, affluent, educated, athletic and seems to be living a charmed and golden, bi-coastal life, now with one of our leading writer/directors on her arm.

"She has always attracted trolls online, and not everything you read … online is automatically to be trusted. A certain bias seemed to be dripping from the headline of the article that first broke this story."

Lucas later deleted his comment on the Latarnia Forums site.