Did you hear about this bologna yesterday? According to Gothamist, author, douche bag extraordinaire and fellow Austinite (blech!), Tucker Max, had a hissy fit because Planned Parenthood wouldn’t take $500,000 from him. In fact, he had such a fit that he got his friend/media spinner, 25 year-old (!) Ryan Holiday, to slam Planned Parenthood on Forbes. In short, Holiday told Tucker that in order to ease his high tax burden, it would look good if he donated to Planned Parenthood (an organization that Tucker has made fun of on Twitter before). He even suggested that PP would maybe even “name a clinic after him”. Can you imagine stepping foot into a clinic named after a dude who uses women and generally doesn’t give a shit about anyone other than himself?
I posted the Austinist version of this article on my social media profiles and got a wide range of responses from friends and strangers. Everyone agreed that Tucker is the reigning king of douchism, but some said, “money is money” and that the financially troubled Planned Parenthood should have just taken the money. I don’t agree. What kind of message would Planned Parenthood be sending if they took money from a donor who 1.) Makes fun of the organization and the women it helps and 2.) Is only donating to get positive press out of it? I’m glad that some organizations still stand by their ethics.
What concerns me the most is that Tucker Max has 6 best selling books under his belt and hundreds of thousands of social media followers. There are even articles circulating the Internet stating that both Tucker and Holiday are geniuses for creating such a buzz and that Tucker once again come out on top. Sure, Max got me writing about him, but I’m not a believer that any press is good press. All the negative feeling towards one human being must catch up to them after awhile. There have been reports of Max changing his ways and becoming a better person, but I doubt that. This is proof that he’s still a douchey douche.
Would you take $500,000 from someone who makes fun of you and is only giving you money for positive press?