Did Philip DeFranco (aka sXePhil) Steal my Joke?

For those of you who don’t know, Phil DeFranco, or sXePhil, is a famous YouTuber who often garners more than a million views per video he uploads. He’s responsible for 3 different successful YouTube channels and his full-time career is, yup you guessed it, a YouTuber. I have been watching Phil DeFranco’s vlog for over 6 months, and I consider him a pretty funny guy, so when he Tweeted a link to a new post on his website, I replied to it both via Twitter and directly on his website. To be clear, this was a website post, not a video post. The video post was yet to come.

Phil’s website post shows a t-shirt with a racist remark, which Phil isn’t denying is racist, but is using more as a platform for the joke seen below.

"Now I don’t want to be rash but this is fucking ridiculous. Who the fuck does that? Seriously? Comic Sans? So unprofessional." - Phil DeFranco

In response I replied on his website under the handle: C. Camel (below)…

and via Twitter (below) in hopes that he would read at least 1 of the 2 messages (sad, I know).

Please note the excellent conversation in this screenshot about testicles sticking to the inside of legs. Classy? Yes, I am.

The funny part is, I reposted a link I had pilfered from his site later that very day before knowing he had used my joke, but the difference being that I gave him full credit and included link to both his website and his vlog! (you can see that post here). I’d like to clarify that I know this isn’t the best joke on the planet, and that someone, somewhere in the world might have made it before. Anyhow, later that night, and well after I’d posted the joke on both his website and Tweeted it to him, sXePhil posted his video (his Facebook announcement of the video pictured below) and reused his aforementioned Comic Sans joke he made on his website, plus 40 seconds in, he added a new joke that sounded very familiar and very much like the joke I had posted to him twice (video below).

While using other people’s links, pictures and ideas isn’t necessarily anything new on the internet, it makes sense to, at least, mention where you got the joke from, or do a shout out, especially if you’re a public figure on the internet. Thinking this was an oversight by Mr. DeFranco, I sent him an email letting him know what had occurred, and that it would be cool if he gave me a shout out. Today I received a response from Phil saying that he thinks this joke is from an old Mad TV or In Living Color episode and it fit the context. Maybe that’s true and maybe that’s a reply you can give anytime someone accuses you of stealing a joke, but it’s a bizarre coincidence that he’d use this old obscure joke hours after I had Tweeted it to him and mentioned it to him on his website. I’m sure Phil used it not really knowing why the joke was fresh in his mind, but it would have been nice to hear, “You know, maybe I did get that joke from you. Sorry about that. ”

So did Phil DeFranco steal my joke? Not knowingly I don’t think, but maybe. Am I making a mountain out of a mole hill? I don’t think so, or else I’d be calling Phil a asshole and a thief, and I don’t think he’s either of those things. In fact, I’ll be watching his vlogs later today for a laugh or two. I just thought this was a story worth mentioning and so that’s what I’m doing.

Anyway, my name is Corrupt Camel, and you’ve just been .. Corrupted? Doesn’t work quite as well as it would if my name was Phil.

  • http://malackey.tumblr.com/ malackey

    Yes, he clearly stole from you. Let's lynch him.

    • http://www.corruptcamel.com C. Camel

      I'll alert the mob.

  • Jenelephant Acewell

    Maybe the whole incident will bring you two closer…Corrupt Camel and Plagerism Pony? ;p

    • http://www.corruptcamel.com C. Camel

      Corrupt Camel and Plagiarism Pony would be a devastating duo. I'll pitch the idea. I'm sure the making money for vlogging thing is getting old for him.

  • http://thenonreview.com/ TS Hendrik

    Looks like he ripped you off. Perhaps it was unintentional, but still. Just a quick mention just in case would have been appropriate. At least if I rip off someone, I have the decency to say something to the effect of “by the way, I'm totally ripping off…”

    • http://www.corruptcamel.com C. Camel

      Maybe I'll just start reposting his videos on my site and put a picture of my face over his. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

  • Rack84

    HE'S AN ASS AND SOUNDS LIKE A BIG LOSER TO ME! Who cares if he stole your jk? That makes him an even BIGGER LOOOSERR!!! lol…yay friday!

    • http://www.corruptcamel.com C. Camel

      Give 'em hell Rack84!

  • The Rabid Iguana

    Hey Corrupt Camel:

    First of all, I've been the Rabid Iguana since 1994, I think you're ripping me off! (And I just realized how old I am… I gotta stop using that name.)

    Two, as a lawyer, you should hire me to sue.

  • me

    really thats not that hard of a thing to think of. sounds like something my bro could ve come up with too. besides you dont know what time he recorded the vid. get over it

    • http://www.corruptcamel.com C. Camel

      Not sure why you're taking a shot at your brother, of course he could come up with something just as mildly clever, if you read what I wrote I mentioned the fact that I thought the joke was unremarkable, but I suppose it would be hard for your brother to come up with something at all when he's overshadowed by having a brother or sister (you!) who has the remarkable talent of licking his or her own butt cavity. How DO you do that exactly?

  • Samantha Whitcomb

    wow douche nugget, why are you not thankful he recognized your comment, thought it was funny and told everyone who watches…

    • http://www.corruptcamel.com C. Camel

      Oh Samantha, having something pilfered isn't something to be thankful for. It's called plagiarism and it's not cool. Shouldn't you be making “<3″ emoticons or taking new slutty facebook or myspace profile pictures right now? Get on it!

  • http://jensvoices.blogspot.com jenJen

    Heh…I just realized the ball stream was from me.
    Sweet. Ima famous.
    And? he totally poached your funny. Bastard.

    • http://www.corruptcamel.com C. Camel

      You were famous well before that, but now it's solidified by the trillions of people that visit this website worldwide. Trillions.

  • chris

    oh honestly mate, get a life. you spent precious time on making this amazing flame against a birlliant, funny guy. You need to grow up.

    • http://www.corruptcamel.com C. Camel

      Actually Chris, it wasn't a flame at all. It was really respectful. I agree that he's a funny guy, I disagree with him stealing jokes, but like I said in the post, it's not a huge deal.

  • http://www.corruptcamel.com C. Camel

    Actually Chris, it wasn't a flame at all. It was really respectful. I agree that he's a funny guy, I disagree with him stealing jokes, but like I said in the post, it's not a huge deal.

  • http://twitter.com/haikustanley Brad Stanley

    You know – that’s something I think about too (joke thievery). Because odds are a lot of people come up with the same jokes at the same time, or even different times without having heard a joke yet. I agree it’s possible this dude stole your joke without realizing it. And I think you were pretty level headed and cool about it all. So kudos to you, and not the web-famous guy.

    • http://www.corruptcamel.com C. Camel

      Amen my friend. Amen.

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