Josh Ostrovsky / The Fat Jew

Josh Ostrovsky / The Fat Jew

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About

Josh Ostrovsky, better known by his online nickname The Fat Jew, is an American comedian who rose to online fame through curation of humorous content on his Instagram and Twitter feeds. Despite his notably popular presence in the social media, Ostrovsky has been widely criticized for appropriating others jokes without attribution, including accusations of plagiarism from several stand-up comedians.

Online History

In June 2009, Ostrovsky launched the Twitter feed @fatjew,[1] garnering upwards of 255,000 followers within seven years. On May 17th, 2010, Ostrovsky created The FatJewish YouTube channel.[18] On October 11th, 2012, the @thefatjewish Instagram[2] feed was launched, which gathered more than 5.6 million followers over the next three years. On November 27th, 2012, The FatJewish YouTube channel uploaded a sketch video in which prostitutes perform a scene from the 1995 historical drama film Braveheart (shown below). In the first four years, the video gained over 740,000 views and 400 comments. On November 29th, Redditor purdueracer78 submitted the video to /r/videos,[3] where it gathered upwards of 3,100 votes (87% upvoted) and 300 comments prior to being archived.



On June 23th, 2014, the New York Post[12] published an article about Ostrovsky, noting that he collects up to $2,500 for a sponsored Instagram post. In May 2015, the cover for Ostrovosky's upcoming book Money, Pizza, Respect[17] was released, featuring Ostrovsky dressed as former Apple CEO Steve Jobs (shown below).


Money Pizza Respect by The Fat Jew

Plagiarism Accusations

On January 19th, 2011, the pop culture blog Street Carnage[7] published a post by co-founder Gavin McInnes, which referred to Ostrovsky as "the Carlos Mencia of Twitter" along with several examples of jokes that had been reposted without attribution.


@FATJEVW The Fat Jew UPDATE: Only 4,863 days until Suri Cruise is legal! 21 Dec via web ☆ Favorite t Retweet Reply Retweeted by lauren112294 and 94 others formspring Only 5,207 days until Suri Cruise is legal!! Stormy Daniels stormydaniels ok creepy stormydaniels responded 5 months ago + Follow Ask a ? @FATJEVW The Fat Jew How many potheads does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, we're trying to keep it mellow in here 5 Nov via web ☆ Favorite t3 Retweet Reply @MattBesser Matt Besser How many potheads does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, we're trying to keep it mellow in here 9 Sep 09 via web ☆ Favorite t Retweet Reply

On January 27th, 2015, The Washington Post[11] published an article titled "Everyone's stealing jokes online. Why doesn't anyone care," which listed Ostrovsky as an online personality known for reposting content without crediting the source. On July 30th, comedian Devon Magwood[4] tweeted a joke referencing Cecil the Lion's death (shown below, left). The following day, Ostrovsky reposted the joke on Instagram[5] without attribution (shown below, right), where it garnered more than 194,000 likes and 15,300 comments in three weeks. On August 2nd, Magwood published an open letter[6] requesting that Ostrovsky and Instagram user @FuckJerry properly credit the people they take content from.


Davon Magwood な 塩Follow davonmaawood Going to start dressing like a Lion. That way cops know that if they kill me. White people will avenge me RETWEETS FAVORITES 8,7 18. 7281ES g,豳,,Kle@句3 12:05 AM-30 Jul 2015 Going to start dressing like a Lion. That way cops know that if they kll me. White people will avenge me thefatiewish FOLLOWw 194k likes 2w thefatjewish I'm not one to get involved, but there is a tremendous amount of outrage about this lion, maybe our energy should be focused elsewhere? OH MY GOD I ACTUALLY THINK I JUST SAID SOMETHING SLIGHTLY SERIOUS OK BACK TO D--- JOKES AND STUFF (@davonmagwood) view all 15,350 comments webo 87 This is dumb. We are talking about endangered species For once lets talk about important issues rather then pointless s--- like the kardashians. rich reichw1013 @based lemmons @alfonso.alavez @christian youngman @doetsch 12 @g buranen alfonso.alavez Imaoooooo @rich reichw1013 coletteholmessmith Buzzfeed brought me here Add a comment..

On August 13th, The Hollywood Reporter[8] published an article about Ostrovsky, revealing that the comedian had recently signed with the Creative Arts Agency. On August 15th, blogger Maura Quint posted a Facebook[9] update linking to the article, which criticized Ostrovosky for making a career out of stealing other people's jokes. The same day, comedian Patton Oswalt retweeted a screenshot of Quint's Facebook post, followed by a series of tweets substituting the word "stealing" for "aggregating."[15] On August 16th, the @FitJew[10] Twitter feed was launched, which retweets the original creators of jokes reposted by Ostrovosky. The same day, BuzzFeed[14] published an article titled "People Are Accusing Instagram Star TheFatJewish of Stealing Their Jokes." On August 17th, the Internet humor blog SplitSider[13] reported that Comedy Central had canceled a project in development with Ostrovsky. The same day, The Daily Beast[16] published an article about Ostrovsky titled "The Internet Plagiarist Taking Over the World."


Patton Oswalt @pattonoswalt Aug 15 My favorite Jane's Addiction song is "Been Caught Aggregating." 86 ★493 Patton Oswalt retweeted (maura) @behindyourback Aug 15 Most of us here know @fatjew is s---, but your FB friends might not. Help them. I wrote this, use or write your own! you're saying "but I like the stuff he puts out, it's funny!" then just ask me and I'll give you lists and lists of the originators of that content who are funny all the time with their own original words. You won't miss this p------------, I promise.

Personal Life

Ostrovsky was born on February 14th, 1985 in New York City, New York. After being expelled from both Skidmore College and New York University, he enrolled at the State University of New York at Albany.

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