TDQ Investigates: The Jane Goodall Plagiarism Scandal

Jane Goodall Fact Checker

Jane Goodall claims she had her book, “Seeds of Hope,” scrutinized by many esteemed colleagues.

If you’re like us, your world was rocked last week when word broke that Jane Goodall’s new book, set to be released in April, quite possible plagiarized a good chunk of it.

As much as we’d love to see Sigourney Weaver act out scenes of Jane Goodall writing a book (just imagine her at a typewriter pecking away and having a conversation with a gorilla, handing him a banana at the same time. Hilarious!), it pains us to learn that the researcher and scientist famous for living with apes is just the latest in a string of high-profile plagiarists.

In an article we totally are linking to accurately, Goodall’s latest book, “Seeds of Hope,” was apparently found by independent researchers to have several passages plagiarized from various sources, including our favorite go-to “source” site, Wikipedia.

While we certainly understand that it’s difficult to write a book, and we would assume it’s even more difficult to write a good one, we have to wonder how much of the other stuff Goodall has written is true, in light of these allegations.

If we were to take the time to go back and research other things she’s written, we must now ask ourselves if she really did live with apes or gorillas or whatever the hell Sigourney Weaver shared the screen with. Also, did she really fight aliens in outer space, or cavort with ghostbusters and have her baby kidnapped by that dude from “Ally McBeal?”

What else has Sigourney Weaver lied about? Can she even really play the cello? We have to wonder.

Maybe this improperly-citing-her-sources nonsense flies in the jungle. Maybe apes and gorillas and other primates have lower standards when they write their books. But this sort of thing just doesn’t fly in civilization, DR. Goodall. (If that is indeed her real name.)

And so we must now add the good doctor to the long list of shamed famous writers who were either too lazy or too arrogant to properly pay somebody to ghost write their works.

Of course, she could always blame Matt Lauer.

You are now informed. Go and do likewise.

4 thoughts on “TDQ Investigates: The Jane Goodall Plagiarism Scandal

  1. You are misinformed, which is ironic considering your tag line.

    Weaver played Dian Fossey, who was murdered while trying to protect gorillas. Have you seen the movie? Goodall is known for her work with chimps. Two entirely different apes, studied by two entirely different people.

    • Dear reader, we appreciate your comment. As modern journalists we are under the constant threat of being accused of plagiarism (case in point Jane Goodall). To combat this threat we do little-to-no research and write, mainly, from memory. It is rare that our account of events matches Wikipedia. Sometimes we get things wrong and we are willing to take that risk to combat the accusation of plagiarism.

      “You are now informed. Go and do likewise.”

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