‘The Fat Jew’ Josh Ostrovsky ridiculed amid plagiarism controversy

Josh Ostrovsky, aka "The Fat Jew," has been making tons of money from stealing other peoples' jokes.

Comedian Josh Ostrovsky’s success did not bring a smile to the faces of his peers.

The Internet celebrity, best known as his alter ego “the Fat Jew,” has amassed a giant fan base of 5.7 million Instagram followers by posting jokes without crediting the original source.

Based on his success, Ostrovsky, whose Instagram biography reads “United States Creative Director of Internet Curatorial,” received many professional sponsorships, ranging from a book deal to his own rosé.

The frustration with Ostrovsky’s joke recycling hit a boiling point last week when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that he signed to CAA, one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies. 

Comedians Patton Oswalt, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Ian Black, Timothy Simons and others mocked the comic on their social media accounts.

Writer Maura Quint wrote a detailed Facebook and Twitter post, which Oswalt subsequently shared with his 2.3 million followers, urging people to stop following the Fat Jew on social media, calling him a leech and a virus.

“He is making a living off of the hard work of other people. The people he steals from are struggling writers, comedians, etc.”

Kevin Kelly, a man from Los Angeles,  published a Storify post listing 50 jokes allegedly stolen and posted by the Fat Jew, along with the original source for each. 

On Tuesday morning, one of the posts could be read as Ostrovsky’s response to the controversy surrounding him. He shared an apparent milestone on his Facebook page for having “stopped giving a f--k.”

“I needed to let everyone on Facebook know about this milestone event,” a caption to the screenshot reads.