August 17, 2015 6:23 PM [ET] | Originally published: August 17, 2015 3:57 PM EDT; Josh Ostrovsky, better known on the web as the Fat Jew, made TIME’s list of the most influential people on the Internet this year because brands were shelling out big bucks to get the attention of his audience. The only problem is, as TIME noted, comedians have long accused Ostrovsky of ripping off their jokes and posting them without credit.
The backlash against him has renewed since last Thursday, when the 30-year-old
signed a deal with CAA, one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies. A man named Kevin Kelly assembled a Storify post featuring fifty jokes Ostrovsky has posted without attribution alongside their sources, while comedians such as Michael Ian Black and Paul Scheer have spoken out against Ostrovsky on Twitter. One Facebook post calling Ostrovsky out, from Maura Quint, was widely circulated:
…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. When called out on his continued theft he either ignores it, says “whoops” or says “geez I guess an intern stole it!”…
The backlash appears to be making an impact now. Comedy Central confirmed to the website Splitsider that it is
no longer developing a project with Ostrovsky, though the network told Entertainment Weekly that the it fell through “several months ago.” A rep for Seamless, which featured Ostrovsky in an marketing campaign, told Death and Taxes that the company has “no current plans to work with him in the future” but that it was “unable to comment” on the plagiarism accusations. Biopic Actors and Their Real-Life Counterparts Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette Focus; Topical Press Agency/Getty Images Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs Universal; Bob Riha Jr—Getty Images Ellen Page plays Stacie Andree in Freeheld Lionsgate; Tom Spader—AP Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Philippe Petit in The Walk Sony Pictures; Dave Pickoff—AP Johnny Depp plays James 'Whitey' Bulger in Black Mass Warner Brothers; AP André Benjamin plays Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side Patrick Redmond—XLrator Media; Photoshot/Getty Images Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in Houdini. History Channel; Hulton Archive/Getty Images Chadwick Boseman plays James Brown in Get On Up. Universal Pictures; Gilles Petard—Redferns/Getty Images Ashton Kutcher plays Steven Jobs in Jobs. Open Road Films; Tom Munnecke/Getty Images Cate Blanchett plays Bob Dylan in I'm Not There. Weinstein Co.; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images James Franco plays James Dean in James Dean. Getty Images (2) Meryl Streep plays Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Weinstein Co.; Hulton Archive/Getty Images Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate. Disney; Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Anthony Hopkins plays Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock. Fox Searchlight; NBC/Getty Images Salma Hayek plays Frida Kahlo in Frida. Miramax; Popperfoto/Getty Images Gary Oldman plays Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy. MGM; Richard E. Aaron—Redferns/Getty Images Denzel Washington plays Malcolm X in Malcolm X. Warner Bros.; Truman Moore—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images Leonardo DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar. Warner Bros.; Bachrach/Getty Images Ben Kingsley plays Gandhi in Gandhi. Columbia; Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images Michelle Williams plays Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn. Weinstein Co.; NBC/Getty Images Joaquin Phoenix plays Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. 20th Century Fox; David Gahr/Getty Images Daniel Day-Lewis plays President Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln. 20th Century Fox; Culture Club/Getty Images Don Cheadle plays Miles Davis in Miles Ahead. Brian Douglas, Ton Pouw—AP Demetrius Shipp Jr. plays Tupac Shakur in All Eyez on Me. Summit Entertainment; Raymond Boyd—Getty Images More Must-Reads From TIME Meet the 2024 Women of the Year Greta Gerwig's Next Big Swing East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment In the Belly of MrBeast The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap How Long Should You Isolate With COVID-19? The Best Romantic Comedies to Watch on Netflix Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time