In a wild, wild world called the Internet, it’s become easy for people to copy & paste just about everything, and then claim the work as their own.
Fat Jew did not get away with plagiarizing, however. The aspiring comedian has found himself in a mess, with various sources claiming he stole their memes and jokes. After the heated backlash from the interwebs, Fat Jew has spoken.
In a new interview with Vulture magazine, Fat Jew said:
My interns and I find pop-culture stuff that’s hyperrelevant and that’s going to resonate with people, and when it feels right, we put it up. At the end of the day, I get it: I should have been providing attribution for all posts. It’s always been important to me. The internet is a vast ocean of stuff, and sometimes it’s hard to find the original source of something. I now realize that if I couldn’t find a source for something, I probably shouldn’t have posted it in the first place.
Apparently, Fat Jew never gave credit to any of the people who came up with the jokes and memes. He continued:
I’m working to add attribution to every one of my posts, and will continue to do so. My email address is up. I urge people to reach out and say, “That’s my thing.” I would love to give credit. I want people to shine on social media, I always have. And I will never again post something that doesn’t have attribution, because I realize now that when the stage is large enough, and the voice is large enough, these things matter.
SOURCE: Complex | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty