Published On: Wed, Nov 11th, 2015

‘The Fat Jew’ cancels Santa Monica book event, citing threats

Josh Ostrovsky, the controversial entertainer better known as “The Fat Jew, ” canceled a book signing scheduled for Monday at a Santa Monica Barnes & Noble after he claimed he received threats from a “crazy stalker/fan/hater, ” Death and Taxes reports.

 The Fat Jew

Ok, so I just cancelled the Barnes & Noble Santa Monica book signing. Despite literally my Mom, 13 close friends and 200+ fans who RSVP’d, one faceless person kinda ruined it for everyone. I’ve been contacted a few times by this dude, threatening me in various ways and it’s really hard to gauge his level of seriousness. I don’t really mind if I get hurt, in fact being attacked by a crazy stalker/fan/hater could be good for my wikipedia page, but I really don’t want someone else to get hurt…especially at an event that is supposed to be fun.

Sorry guys, it’s a bummer.

Ostrovsky’s book, “Money Pizza Respect, ” was released Nov. 3 by Grand Central Publishing. The book’s Amazon page notes: “In this, the next milestone of his glorious life, Ostrovsky will attempt to reinvigorate the dying medium of print.”

Ostrovsky, who maintains an Instagram feed with more than 6 million followers, has been widely criticized for what his critics see as joke theft and plagiarism. He defended himself in an August appearance on the “Today” show, where he said, “The Internet is like a giant Jacuzzi, you know what I mean. There’s all kinds of germs, like, we’re sharing everything.”

Read the full story at LA Times, by Michael Schaub

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