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Instagram Sensation @TheFatJewish Branded Joke Thief

John Ostrovsky – aka ‘The Fat Jew’ – is the man behind the hugely popular Instagram account @TheFatJewish. His aggregated jokes and funny memes have earned him 5.7 million followers and now landed him a deal with a major Hollywood agency.

The social media star has turned his online fame into a deal with the same talent agency that manages Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, and Miley Cyrus. The 30-year-old has a radio show on Apple's Beats 1, and brands like Budweiser and Burger King pay up to $6,000 to advertise on his Instagram account. His YouTube channel of celebrity interviews and stunts – like teaching spinning classes to homeless people on parked Citi Bikes in New York City – has over 7,000 subscribers.

But the news of Ostrovsky’s signing has sparked a social media backlash. Many comedians and others online are criticising him for aggregating other people’s jokes without properly crediting them. Writer Maura Quint started the Twitter rage when she tweeted: ‘This man makes nothing, contributes nothing, originates nothing...Please please please do not support him. He is pure trash.’

Comedian Patton Oswalt retweeted the post, joking: ‘My favourite Jane’s Addiction song is “Been Caught Aggregating”.’ Brian Redban is one of many others who have started shaming Ostrovsky on Twitter, tracking down the originators of some of his uncredited jokes and posting them.
But this is not the first time Ostrovsky has been criticised for using other people’s jokes without crediting the original creator. In one instance, he claimed ‘I don’t read the internet’ and someone told him the joke. Ostrovsky has now started crediting the original creators in his posts, but many of his older posts don't give any credit.

Aaron Waterhouse

Aaron is a recent English graduate from Durham University who is now working as a content writer intern. An enthusiastic traveller, he hopes to become a journalist and report from around the world. Follow him @AaronAtSMF.

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Instagram Sensation @TheFatJewish Branded Joke Thief Reviewed by Unknown on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Rating: 5

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