Josh Ostrovsky (a.k.a. The Fat Jewish) on new book and plagiarism accusations

- After a canceled book signing due to threats he received from a "crazy stalker/fan/hater," Josh (The Fat Jewish) Ostrovsky stopped by Studio 11 LA to talk about his new book -- and the heat he's received from other comedians and writers.

Many on Instagram know @thefatjewish for his memes and joke captions. And with 6.6 million followers and counting, it's clear he knows what the Internet will double-tap.


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However, his posts have been widely criticized by what some comedians call joke theft or plagiarism, as well as the fact that he's profiting and gaining a huge audience from it.

During an appearance Thursday on Studio 11 LA, he pointed to the prevalence of content sharing on the Internet and called the situation a "conversation that needed to be had."

"I think there's sort of a divide between those who, you know, old guard and new guard," Ostrovsky said. "I think younger people are sort of more acclimated to kind of sharing on the Internet and sort of the idea that everything is fair game, and people's twists on things make them unique and different, where as there's an older guard of people who don't see it that way -- who are more just sort of about, 'you can't share ideas, my idea is my idea.'"

Ostrovsky has started adding attribution to his posts and even added an email in his bio to encourage people to claim credit on content.

"The Internet is like this vast ocean of stuff, and it's hard to know where something comes from."

Ostrovsky previously joked on Good Day LA that his book, "Money Pizza Respect," aims to get some "turnt up Millennials to start reading."

"I'm sort of like an odd man to reinvigorate teen reading, but I think I can do it."

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