A fat comic draws heavy criticism: The Fat Jew, Joshua Ostrovsky, is accused of stealing jokes
As comedians piled on Internet sensation the Fat Jew on Monday for stealing jokes from around the Web and posting them as his own, a few clueless companies continued to use his name to shill their products.
For New York Fashion Week, PR company Made plugged the Fat Jew (real name Joshua Ostrovsky) and his Sept. 16 Dad Fashion Show, for “the moods and personalities of dads of all ages,” to take place at the Standard Hotel.
“Get ready for @thefatjew_’s Dad Fashion Show, debuting at #MADEfw this year,” read a Tweet from Made’s account that provided the web address.
The New York City Wine & Food Festival said Ostrovsky, who has 5.6 million followers on Instagram, his main platform, will be “talent” for the festival on Monday, in an email reading, “Everyone’s favorite no-holds, social media personality, the Fat Jew (who just inked a modeling contact with One Management and is making headlines today on where he gets his content), will make his debut at the New York City Wine & Food Festival this October. Josh Ostrovsky, aka the Fat Jew, has been tapped to host the “Ramen Party” on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the High Line.”
“Making headlines on where he gets his content” is not quite how we’d describe the vitriol that real comedians on Twitter were understandably throwing at Ostrovsky.
A joke writer for popular site Someecards.com, Maura Quint, wrote a Facebook post skewering Ostrovsky, saying, “For those of you who don’t know, this guy, the Fat Jew is someone whose entire career is simply stealing jokes from Tumblr, Twitter, etc. He is making a living off of the hard work of other people.
“The people he steals from are struggling writers, comedians, etc. They would love to be able to profit from THEIR OWN WORK but can’t because this complete waste of a person is monetizing their words before they even have a chance to,” wrote Quint.
“When called out on his continued theft he either ignores it, says “whoops” or says “geez I guess an intern stole it!” she noted. “This man makes nothing, contributes nothing, originates nothing. He is a leech, he is a virus, he is what is wrong with the world. Please please please do not support him. He is pure trash.”
Quint asked readers to unfollow Ostrovsky and promised to provide a list of the true originators of content he passes off as his own.
Comedian Ben Rosen of Buzzfeed was angered too, when Ostrovsky stole his tweet that included a picture of a bulldog sitting at a table. “Thanks FatJewish for straight up stealing my tweet without any credit whatsoever,” Rosen wrote.
On Monday, Ostrovsky was signed to CAA for representation in all his endeavors. In July he signed a modeling contract with One Management Agency. This summer, he launched White Girl Rosé wine, and his first book, “Money, Pizza, Respect,” will be out with Hachette Book Group toward the end of 2015. He had a pilot in development with Comedy Central, which dropped him Monday.
As the criticism was mounting on Monday, Ostrovsky added the title “United States Creative Director of Internet Curatorial Affairs” to his Instagram profile.