The Fat Jew is a hacky joke thief, so we updated his Wikipedia page to say so
Internet personality Josh Ostrovsky, aka The Fat Jew, apparently makes more than $6,000 per Instagram post in which he mentions a brand. He could make more, of course, but he’s picky about whom he sells out to. As he explained to the Financial Times,
“I could be earning a lot more, but I like to have complete creative control over whatever I do, so the brands aren’t as trusting yet. They know I won’t go along with their ideas. Yes, I’d like to get dirty rich and buy some exotic animals, but only if the content stays good.”
Ah, a true artist, only willing to sell the shoddy wares of wealthy corporations that give him full creative freedom and lots and lots of money.
There’s just one problem, other than Ostrovsky being a vapid corporate shill: The Fat Jew steals his content. This has been well documented — in the Washington Post, Street Carnage, Medium, and Playboy. Usually, he’ll snatch an image from somewhere on the web and repost it without citing its original source, or he’ll screengrab a tweet and crop out the author’s name.
When called out for theft, he’ll ignore the charges, or blame his interns, or claim that he stole it from somewhere else and didn’t realize it was stolen. Huh.
@thepatrickwalsh it was on a blog dude. Apologies.
— The Fat Jew (@FATJEW) June 8, 2014
It’s not clear why brands like Seamless, Budweiser, and Greats choose to work with Ostrovsky. Maybe they don’t care about his rampant plagiarism. Maybe they just don’t know.
If the latter is true, we thought it best to update The Fat Jew’s Wikipedia page to make it more apparent, adding a controversy section.
Will it negatively affect his career? No, probably not. The contemporary web is built on “transformative” theft and exploited labor, rewarding only the most inept and cynical. Plus, his interns will probably scrub the edits within a few short minutes. But hey, sometimes it’s fun to poke a fetid pile of trash with a stick.
[photo via Greats]