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Gilbert Explains His Plagiarism

Perhaps I was too harsh in calling Gilbert a plagiarist last week, and by now, after I skipped work to go to a wedding on Friday, this story is retreating faster than the Wizards on defense. But I owe it to the man to post his explanation, which appeared on his blog (and then the rest of the world) Friday morning:

(Jonathan Newton - TWP).

Listen, nobody even heard of Ian Edwards before me. He's no Chris Rock. I helped him become famous. Now everybody is going to YouTube and looking him up.

The joke was worth about $7 when I heard it, now that I've used it's probably worth a little bit more. I'll sell it back to him for $7.78. Seventy-eight cents, Ian, you can put that in a royalties check made out to me.

Puffy and Ashanti made careers out of stealing other people's beats. This is America, the land of the reused.
If you think about it, nothing is original. Every joke has been retold at some point. What I did was recycle a new joke instead of waiting for it to get old.

Nothing is original? What about Mrs. Fields Original Cookies? Or original sin? Or calling the tiger "the king of the jungle?" That was original, right?

Although he's right about Ian Edwards needing the pub. If you google his name, the second result is for the North Yorkshire company that designs and produces "a unique range of bespoke hand crafted furniture for the music lover and bibliophile." Their featured product? "A unique adjustable shelf rotary creation, known as "The Wizard." It's a one of a kind original.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 10:44 AM ET
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But Edwards wasn't even the first to tell this joke. Check out Gil Scott-Heron on The First Minute of a New Day - there's an 11 minute track called A Talk, which is just him talking and rhyming, in which he goes on about Jaws, saying Jaws doesn't deserve the bad rap he gets because it's not like he's coming into your house to get you - you're coming into his.

Posted by: siderealovid | August 6, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Bog man, are you stealing material from TrueHoop. He mentioned Gilbert's explanation about a week ago, and prior to that he was the one who mentioned Gilbert's bad joke.

Posted by: Ted | August 7, 2007 8:02 AM | Report abuse

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