In perhaps the ultimate pairing of things you love even though they're bad for you, controversial Instagram star Josh Ostrovsky, better known as The Fat Jew, and Four Loko are coming to Tempe this weekend.
But wait, you're thinking to yourself, I thought at least one of those wasn't a thing anymore. And yet.
Ostrovsky rose to Instagram prominence by posting memes and jokes, a term some might debate, about being lazy, loving pizza, and aspiring to fabulousness. Harmless enough on the surface, sure. But he came under fire last year after many called him out for stealing his material — mainly humorously captioned photos — from other Internetters without crediting them, often cropping out usernames.
He called it aggregation. Others called him out for building a career and making a lot of money using other people's work. Your typical mass shaming and backlash ensued. Since then, he started crediting people. And he released a book called Money, Pizza, Respect.
Which is where Four Loko comes in. We who happily/dangerously blacked out from its potent blend of alcohol and caffeine might remember that the product in its original form was banned by the FDA. Its caffeine-free version is now available widely, while those who just really need a watermelon fix can do so courtesy of Ebay.
Now, these two unstoppable cultural forces are hosting Fat Jew IRL soirées across the country promoting Ostrovsky's book.
Pointy ponytails are not part of the official dress code, but let's assume they are encouraged.
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