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Another week, another Fat Jewish [read: Josh Ostrovsky] controversy. The cultural commentator and Instagram sensation’s newest critics are angry he was chosen as the celebrity host for the Ramen Party at the 2015 New York City Wine & Food Festival this October.
Most upset is Serious Eats columnist Kenji Lopez-Alt, who Ostrovsky is replacing. In a fiery Facebook post, Lopez-Alt lashes out at The Fat Jew, calling him a “plagiarist” and a “thief”.
The Fat Jew is the antithesis of everything I represent in the media world. He unapologetically steals other people’s work, stripping it of the creators’ identities. He is a plagiarist, a thief, a misogynist, and absolutely the wrong choice of co-host for a food event, or really any respectable event. That it comes at a time when there’s huge media backlash against him is even more baffling to me.
What Lopez-Alt fails to credit Ostrovsky for is his ability to garner over five million Instagram followers, providing him a platform to enlighten a young demographic about the Festival. While the Festival is losing a respected industry voice in Lopez-Alt, it is gaining much-needed social media clout from Ostrovsky. We wouldn’t make a different decision ourselves.