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  1. auditorydamage
    auditorydamage April 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm |

    Dishonest about his intentions, demands a pass on the effects of his past actions, claims to be helping women while promoting himself, has a legion of apologists… does this sound familiar to anyone?

  2. LC
    LC April 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

    Dishonest about his intentions, demands a pass on the effects of his past actions, claims to be helping women while promoting himself, has a legion of apologists… does this sound familiar to anyone?

    Hmm… rings a bell maybe…

    (seriously, it’s a damn pattern with some people, innit.)

  3. MoneyisMoney
    MoneyisMoney April 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm |

    Yes, TuckerMax is a douchebag. I still don’t understand how accepting this donation is bad for Planned Parenthood, they get $500,000.00.

    Let’s say Michael Vick donated the same amount to the ASPCA. The ASPCA takes the money, Vick rehabs his image a bit, life goes. Sure the ASPCA is not as controversial as PP, but I still think the analogy stands.

    Here’s why PP should have taken the money.
    1. it’s $500,000.00
    2. They can say they count on everyone as supporters
    3. The story lasts about 5 minutes.

    I guess the better question is who cares about Tucker Max? For 18-25 year old males he’s hilarious, to everyone else he is an idiot. Mr. Max isn’t going to be any less of a jerk because he donated. It doesn’t help his image. He’ll make a few tweets about it, but no one will care.

    By not accepting the donation, PP is worse off.
    1. They don’t have $500,000.00 now,
    2. The story drags one. First they do accept it, then they don’t.
    3. PP looks entitled.

    PP looks worse by not accepting the donation. First, they come off as entitled and stuck up. “your money is no good.” Short of the money coming from the young KKK there is no harm in cashing the check. So the opponents of PP state “you took money from Tucker Max.” PP Spokesperson “Yes, Mr. Max donated $500,000.00 while we do not agree with Mr. Max’s views on a great many things, we do agree that women’s health is important. We thank him for his donation and the funds will go towards keeping a women’s health center in Dallas, TX open.” Bam end of story.

    PP has ceded the tone of the conversation over to Tucker Max. This leads to post like this one, where supporters of PP are having to rebut his rantings instead of moving on.

    Universally a bad move on the part of PP.

  4. Jonathon
    Jonathon April 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm |

    Between standing up for their principles and making smart financial decisions, Planned Parenthood made a fantastic decision here, and if Tucker Max can’t see that, then, well… it’s further evidence that he cares only about himself.

    Looking at just the financial side of things – according to Planned Parenthood’s 2009 – 2010 Annual Report, they received $228 million in private donations from ~528,000 donors, for an average of $430 per donor (yes, those are skewed by large gifts, but it’s the best we can do with the available information). Now, imagine the Tucker Max donation is accepted, there’s backlash from this blog and other blogs, and it goes viral. All it takes is 0.25% of the current donors (~1300 donors) to be upset at the Tucker Max donation for PP to end up losing money on the donation. I’m guessing that people who donate to PP would be upset at naming a clinic after a misogynist, so losing 1300 donors certainly seems possible. And that’s just for one year – imagine the long-term damage to Planned Parenthood if 1% of current donors and 1% of potential new and lapsed donors change their donation habits over a 5-10 year span due to naming a clinic after a man who makes a living by treating women like garbage.

    Good call by PP.

  5. librarygoose
    librarygoose April 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

    But Tucker Max has changed! He’s into third wave feminism and other words he knows from the Wiki article he had other people scan to defend him. He’s sex positive! He’s all about being down for a bang, or whatever.

  6. librarygoose
    librarygoose April 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm |

    Bam end of story.

    Except the part where they also name a clinic after him.

    Also, PP is entitled? Fuck that. They are. They are very fucking entitled to not take money from asshole douche dude-bros. They should what? Get on their collective lady knees and thank Tucker Max for his fucking publicity stunt? Should they not only name a clinic after him, but a whole line of STD tests? He could brand name fucking! How good of a PR move would that be? For fucks sake, You know what closed down Texas clinics? Texas officials refusing funds because they would go to PP. Fuck Tucker Max and his ego stroking.

  7. Larkin
    Larkin April 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm |

    I heard that Tucker’s rep (Holiday) also does “marketing” for Dov Charney…unsurprising?

  8. Beauzeaux
    Beauzeaux April 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm |

    Instead of dealing with it like a big boy and recognizing that maybe PP has more important things to consider than how they can assist Tucker Max

    No, because NOTHING is more important than Tucker Max.
    (I had to google him because I — unworthy female — didn’t know who he is. I liked not knowing him a lot better.)

  9. LotusBecca
    LotusBecca April 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm |

    My hat’s off to you Jill for wading through this fool’s self-involved ramblings and rationally responding to the sundry incoherent bullshit he was passing off as an argument. That this person apparently has “THREE” books on the New York Times bestseller list does not make me respect him any more, it merely makes me want to uncontrollably sob about the state of the American publishing industry.

    The thing I enjoyed most about what Mr. Max has to say here is the rampant psychological projection he engages in. According to him, Planned Parenthood is only concerned about “status” and “power.” They pretend to want to “help people” but actually only care about how “their friends and peers view them.” Hmmm. Does this sound like anyone else you may know of? (Hint: the answer to that question is “Yes. Tucker Max”).

  10. FashionablyEvil
    FashionablyEvil April 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm |

    Someone get him an ice cream cone or something.

    He has half a million dollars to give away. Surely he can buy himself an ice cream cone.

  11. Shelly
    Shelly April 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm |

    Let’s say Michael Vick donated the same amount to the ASPCA. The ASPCA takes the money, Vick rehabs his image a bit, life goes. Sure the ASPCA is not as controversial as PP, but I still think the analogy stands.

    Actually, the HSUS received a large donation from the Philadelphia Eagles. People who give a shit about dogs were absolutely disgusted that the HSUS would be complicit in rehabilitating Vick’s image, and in that case the money didn’t even come from Vick himself but from his employers. It starts to look an awful lot like hush money, and it’s disgusting.

  12. Cat
    Cat April 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

    Nope, no ice cream cone. No lolly, no dolly, no big fat reward for having a tantrum in public–straight home for him and bed without supper.

  13. Jennifer
    Jennifer April 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

    Yes, let’s say Vick donates money and wants a shelter named after him. Does this lead people to not want to use the shelter and other donors to consider looking elsewhere? Probably. That’s what Jill is saying.

  14. LotusBecca
    LotusBecca April 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm |

    Surely he can buy himself an ice cream cone.

    But he wants an ice cream cone!! He WANTS it!!!1!! He’s very, very important and shouldn’t have to buy his own frozen novelties!! FashionablyEvil–you’re such a hypocrite–you pretend you want to help Tucker be self-sufficient, but you’re really only concerned about maintaining your image to other Feministe posters as someone who doesn’t buy ice cream for the “wrong sorts of people.” Fuck you and your moral high ground!! Do you want Baskin Robbins to go out of business or something? And for what? Just so you can impress your friends and feed your insatiable lust for power? For shame!!!!

  15. LC
    LC April 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm |

    All it takes is 0.25% of the current donors (~1300 donors) to be upset at the Tucker Max donation for PP to end up losing money on the donation.

    Thanks for crunching the numbers.

    Let’s assume skew and say it would take twice that to lose money on the deal, still seems like the right move to me.

  16. j_bird
    j_bird April 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm |

    If Tucker Max were really interested in helping PP, he’d donate anonymously, instead of whining like a baby all over the web about how mean everyone is to him.

  17. cassie
    cassie April 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm |

    Oh, I love this post. I love it, love it, love it. So glad you went against your better judgment and did this. I think house plants are more interesting though…

    He came to my college my junior year and screened the movie of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and people protested. Sociology and Women’s Studies majors all over campus. It was both beautiful and absurd.

  18. Thomas MacAulay Millar
    Thomas MacAulay Millar April 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm |

    Tucker Max should not be able to rehab his image by throwing money around. If he wants people to see him differently, he should change what he says and how he acts, and stay changed long enough for people to have confidence that it’s not an act.

    Very few people do that.

  19. shfree
    shfree April 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm |

    Sheesh, what a whiny baby. And I have a sneaking suspicion he would have used this donation as some sort of “get out of jail free card” for all sorts of bullshit. “I can’t be a misogynist asshole, I gave Planned Parenthood 500k! Now let me tell you this awesome joke about bitches!”

  20. FashionablyEvil
    FashionablyEvil April 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm |

    FashionablyEvil–you’re such a hypocrite–you pretend you want to help Tucker be self-sufficient, but you’re really only concerned about maintaining your image to other Feministe posters as someone who doesn’t buy ice cream for the “wrong sorts of people.” Fuck you and your moral high ground!! Do you want Baskin Robbins to go out of business or something? And for what? Just so you can impress your friends and feed your insatiable lust for power? For shame!!!!

    It’s true. You totally caught me. I want nothing more than to put Carvel’s, Baskin Robbins, Friendly’s, Marble Slab, Stone Cold Creamery and Dippin’ Dots out of business.

  21. auditorydamage
    auditorydamage April 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm |

    @19

    Bingo. Single acts of questionable “contrition” fo not erase a history of behaviour. Justice and redemption are not economic exchanges with dollar values. They are processes.

  22. Lindsay Beyerstein
    Lindsay Beyerstein April 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm |

    If Tucker Max just wanted to give a $500,000, no-strings attached donation, Planned Parenthood might have been smart to take the money.

    Instead, Max wanted to buy the naming of a women’s health center. That’s unacceptable.

    Buying the naming rights was a bid to degrade women. For Max, the “joke” was to dangle the money he made degrading women in front of a cash-strapped women’s organization and see if they’d abase themselves by slapping his name on their clinic.

    If Max really cared about Planned Parenthood, or its mission, he would have quietly withdrawn the offer. Big donations with unrealistic conditions attached get turned down all the time. Usually the people who make these offers have the good grace to quietly withdraw, rather than attacking the organization they claim to care about.

  23. Auren
    Auren April 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

    This part – “Planned Parenthood would be cooler if it was a giant flight of stairs, w/someone pushing girls down, like a water park slide” makes me want to throw up.

    My best friend’s sister in law lost her baby because her asshole boyfriend punched her in the stomach, which is about equal to pushing a girl down the stairs trying to force an abortion. That’s not sex-positive, that’s not loving women, and that’s certainly not funny. It’s disgusting and fucking misoginistic and I’m glad that PP declined his money.

  24. MoneyisMoney
    MoneyisMoney April 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm |

    @7 Jill,
    @8 Jonathan

    Who is going to use Tucker Max as a talking point against PP? PP has been around for sometime now, 1916-1942 according to wikipedia. I am fairly certain that people know where they stand on PP. (FTR I am for PP)

    The two-bit internet star that tucker max is, is not going to change public perception of PP.

    Who here on this board that previously donated to PP, would not be willing to do so in the future if PP accepted the tucker max money? I don’t think there is a soul out there that cares that much about tucker max to do so.

  25. Bunny
    Bunny April 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm |

    Fuck the ice cream cone. Lil’ Tucker’s getting the naughty step.

  26. Bunny
    Bunny April 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm |

    @MoneyisMoney

    Tucker Max didn’t just want to give them money. He wanted to give them money in return for his name being attached to something of theirs, such as a building. He wanted a continuous, public, visible reminder to the world that PP is sponsored by, in addition to others, someone who thinks pushing women down the stairs would make PP cooler.

  27. QLH
    QLH April 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm |

    For Max, the “joke” was to dangle the money he made degrading women in front of a cash-strapped women’s organization and see if they’d abase themselves by slapping his name on their clinic.

    Dead on.

  28. Chataya
    Chataya April 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm |

    Looks like the desperate fumblings of a one-note “comedian” who’s suddenly realized he’s pushing 40 and can’t keep up the frat-boy schtick much longer.

    Actually, the HSUS received a large donation from the Philadelphia Eagles. People who give a shit about dogs were absolutely disgusted that the HSUS would be complicit in rehabilitating Vick’s image, and in that case the money didn’t even come from Vick himself but from his employers. It starts to look an awful lot like hush money, and it’s disgusting.

    The HSUS is a front for PETA and does very little animal rescue. They mostly just profit off of confusing people by having “Humane Society” in their name as most humane societies are locally run and not affiliated with the HSUS. People who give a shit about dogs should oppose anything the HSUS does, and people who know PETA shouldn’t be surprised about the stunt.

  29. AMS
    AMS April 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm |

    “They care more about the perception of themselves and their organization than they care about its effectiveness at actually serving the reproductive needs of women.”

    Is this asshole talking about himself? His “ideas” about PP and their rejection of his phony publicity whore stunts are pure projection if I’ve ever read it before. He’s being, in his mind, subjected to the same disregard that he’s given to other people on the past, but instead of being judged on a superficial level, he’s actually being judged, gasp, by his own words and actions. Unfuckingbelievable. Only a totally self involved dick would think that an organization is OBLIGATED to take his “donation” so that he could “rehab his image” and feel better about himself. If he wants to rehab his image, he could start by writing about something besides his weiner as the center of the universe. Christ, it is exhausting that we’re still dealing with individuals who are self damned self absorbed.

  30. t4toby
    t4toby April 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm |

    I’m in construction. $500,000 buys VERY little. Their yearly operating budget is close to a Billion dollars. If he was going to make a sizable donation, say in the $4-6 million range, they may have taken him more seriously (then again, maybe not…). But he thinks this fairly paltry amount of money is worth it for Planned Parenthood to debase themselves? You’re right. This all says WAY more about him than the organization.

  31. librarygoose
    librarygoose April 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm |

    Who is going to use Tucker Max as a talking point against PP? PP has been around for sometime now, 1916-1942 according to wikipedia. I am fairly certain that people know where they stand on PP. (FTR I am for PP)

    Fucking hell, pay some attention to the goddamn news. You so sure PP is in such a great place now that they should bother to associate with Tucker Max? Even if they were doing good, why the fuck can’t hey decide that his asshole record stands on it’s own and they don’t think the strings that come with his money are worth it? He is not worth the controversy, and he would be used against them, and his public hissy fit is not making him seem like less of a douche.

  32. jTuba
    jTuba April 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm |

    [T]he worst kind of elitism, the kind that cloaks itself in altruism.

    From one who knows.

  33. QLH
    QLH April 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm |

    The people who run Planned Parenthood know exactly how badly they need this donation.

    They also know what Tucker Max demanded in return for the money.

    They also know what sorts of other people regularly donate, and why, and who threatens to pull their funding, and why, and who’s on their side, and why, and who’s not, and why.

    They know the facts of the situation, and the battle they’re in, better than we do. Did they turn down this donation lightly and frivolously? I would guess not. Would they love to take half a million? I would guess so. Did they examine all angles of a tough decision and make the right choice? In their estimation, I would assume so.

    It seems bizarre for people to chide Planned Parenthood for making a bad decision, scolding PP about needing the money, as if you know more about the situation than they do and can make better choices on their behalf than they can.

    I have to trust PP to know what’s in its best interests, long-term. They’re in this fight every single day. They know the stakes.

  34. shfree
    shfree April 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm |

    Yeah, for me, sitting here facing credit card debt, student loan debt and a mortgage on a crappy part time, minimum wage job, a 500k, one time donation sounds like a big chunk of change. And it would be for a single, stand alone clinic as well. But Planned Parenthood is a national organization, and frankly while a 500k one time donation is nice and certainly welcomed, they aren’t going to give a tongue bath to a guy whose views are reprehensible. And that is what dude seemed to want, with his whole wanting a clinic named after him thing.

    When I worked at the clinic, I remember when a HUGE anonymous grant came to help fund uninsured women get hormonal IUDs for only the cost of the office visit. It was for bunch of clinics, not just Planned Parenthood, I think whoever was associated with the National Abortion Federation. But I don’t know all the details, as I was front desk, and I didn’t handle administrative or financial information. We had our suspicions as to who it was from, (rhymes with tuffett) but as far as I know, nothing was ever confirmed, no clinic was ever renamed “The Tuffett Clinic” in honor of his awesomeness, because it seemed whenever a HUGE grant found its way toward the assistance of helping low income take control of their reproductive health, it was anonymous.

  35. sportofthefuture
    sportofthefuture April 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm |

    I’ve known about Tucker Max and his supremely douchey ways for some time now, so what’s most surprising to me in all of this is his poor writing. I honestly thought that he would be a wittier asshole, having gone to U of Chicago and Duke Law.

    @shfree

    Aww, that just makes my heart beat with even more love for Mr. “Tuffett”

  36. Athenia
    Athenia April 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm |

    Yeah, I’m sure PP doesn’t want to name a clinic after a dude who punches vaginas.*

    *Yeah, I read a few pages of his book. It was frightening.

  37. igglanova
    igglanova April 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm |

    I don’t understand how this idiot ever got so popular.

  38. PrettyAmiable
    PrettyAmiable April 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm |

    It seems bizarre for people to chide Planned Parenthood for making a bad decision, scolding PP about needing the money, as if you know more about the situation than they do and can make better choices on their behalf than they can.

    Bizarre? Substitute “women” for “PP” and you have the Republican platform.

  39. PrettyAmiable
    PrettyAmiable April 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm |

    Who is going to use Tucker Max as a talking point against PP?

    Tucker Max. And all of the idiots who think it’s the height of offense to call him a misogynist.

    Who here on this board that previously donated to PP, would not be willing to do so in the future if PP accepted the tucker max money?

    It’s like you guys refuse to read the fucking posts. Planned Parenthood is constantly under attack from Republicans, right? They’re constantly trying to revoke their funding. How do you think this could affect their rhetoric? Or are you seriously incapable of complex thought such that $500 today > $0 today is legitimately the best you can do?

  40. Brennan
    Brennan April 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm |

    Because in this universe, no one would use Vick’s donation as a talking point for why the ASPCA should receive no funding. No state or federal elected official would attempt to pull millions of dollars from the ASPCA because of Vick’s donation. So the analogy does not at all stand.

    Also, no one ever gave Michael Vick a million dollars for kicking a puppy on national TV.

    Tucker Max has not pled guilty to the, I would imagine, many, many sexual harrassment cases that could be made against him. He has not publicly apologized for being such a terrible role model for young people. He has not had to pay back book deals from publishing companies that are now disgusted to be associated with him. He has not done time, lost all sources of income, and had to declare bankruptcy. He has not gotten out and worked with non-profits discouraging young men from abusing women or lobbied against sexual discrimination. Vick often comes up in these sorts of discussions, but when you look at the consequences he has dealt with, it doesn’t compare to the extravagant rewards showered on Max for, basically, being an asshole loudly. I’m not trying to excuse Vick, but just to highlight the differences between how society rewards violence against women versus, say, violence against dogs. I say this with nothing but love and concern in my heart for dogs in general and pit bulls in particular, but maybe it’s time for society to rethink its priorities a little.

  41. Donna L
    Donna L April 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm |

    as far as I know, nothing was ever confirmed, no clinic was ever renamed “The Tuffett Clinic” in honor of his awesomeness, because it seemed whenever a HUGE grant found its way toward the assistance of helping low income take control of their reproductive health, it was anonymous.

    Maybe that donor had read Maimonides’ list of the different levels of tzedakah, from least to most honorable. I’m pretty sure Tucker Max hasn’t read it, because I don’t think his brand of giving is even on the list.

  42. Donna L
    Donna L April 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm |

    I honestly thought that he would be a wittier asshole, having gone to U of Chicago

    I remember once asking my son who he was — I’m still really not sure, because I refuse to look him up, especially now — and my son was embarrassed even to admit the affiliation. Not that he should be; there are a lot of awful and not particularly intelligent famous people who graduated from the college I went to, and I try not to take it as a personal affront!

  43. Cactus Wren
    Cactus Wren April 5, 2012 at 4:46 am |

    @MoneyIsMoney,

    There’s also the issue that a lot of people, once they’ve decided they don’t like _____, will believe and promote any bad thing they hear about _____. And if you don’t think anyone would “use Tucker Max as a talking point against PP”, imagine him making an alleged joke about this being his personal Planned Parenthood clinic … and then Google “John Fleming abortionplex”.

  44. Flea
    Flea April 5, 2012 at 9:10 am |

    I agree with Cactuswren. I think the real reason he offered the money was to get his picture taken in front of the “Tucker Max Abortion Clinic” with a douchey smile and a thumbs-up. He’d put it on the cover of his next book, “Here Cums Tucker.”

  45. Jen in Ohio
    Jen in Ohio April 5, 2012 at 9:36 am |

    Heh, dude thinks he is wily when he is not even Wile E.

  46. suspect class
    suspect class April 5, 2012 at 11:01 am |

    Maybe that donor had read Maimonides’ list of the different levels of tzedakah, from least to most honorable. I’m pretty sure Tucker Max hasn’t read it, because I don’t think his brand of giving is even on the list.

    No, he’s the cautionary tale. In this as in so many ways.

  47. OHplease
    OHplease April 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

    Personally, I Love that he keeps whining and humiliating himself. he’s utterly worthless, and its fun to watch his failures adding up.

  48. Lauren
    Lauren April 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm |

    It’s like he can’t understand that some things are worth more than money.

    Telling.

  49. Susan
    Susan April 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm |

    Planned Parenthood proved something I have always believed: Most charities are not run to help people, they are run because they are ways for people to signal status about themselves to other people.

    Silly me. That’s exactly why I work at “charities” (also know as non-profits). Telling people in my conservative state that I worked at PP really gave me a status boost (more like a blank stare and awkward silence). I’ll be sure to tell my client from this morning that I can no longer help them find services because it does nothing to boost my own status.

    So out of touch.

  50. TC
    TC April 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm |

    One important factor is that Max attempted to donate money to PP last August. It wasn’t recent. At all. Holiday and Max waited until the perfect timing (near the release date of some books) to cash in on PP’s news headlines so they could splash themselves all over the media. That way, they could talk all about how Komen was awful and how Texas PP really needed the money because the state’s Medicaid funding got cut due to a stupid law, etc. It’s disgusting, but even I have to admit that Holiday knows how to get attention.

  51. Miriam
    Miriam April 6, 2012 at 11:18 am |

    My hat’s off to you Jill for wading through this fool’s self-involved ramblings and rationally responding to the sundry incoherent bullshit he was passing off as an argument. That this person apparently has “THREE” books on the New York Times bestseller list does not make me respect him any more, it merely makes me want to uncontrollably sob about the state of the American publishing industry.

    I second LotusBecca. I saw that Max had written a blog post, read the first paragraph, and immediately wanted to go take a shower forever. This way, I was still able to inform myself of what Max was, in his juvenile and incoherent way, attempting to say.

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  54. Emily
    Emily April 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm |

    I can definitely see why Planned Parenthood did not take Tucker Max’s money and I commend them for it! As an undergrad going for my BSW degree, I have to read dozens of case studies about agencies: both government and non government funded. When an agency has a specific mission statement (like most do) they tend to not accept contributions (especially large donations) from other organizations with contradictory beliefs. This is a way to protect their self identity.
    Yeah, Planned Parenthood could have definitely used the money. But is it worth taking it from a source who conflicts with what planned parenthood is all about? Ok I’m going to be honest here, I don’t know what PP is specifically all about, but from my understanding of it, they value women and aim to provide them with the care they need.
    I checked out Tucker’s website for about a minute and it didn’t even take me that long to realize he does not share that same appreciation for women.
    I think that if Planned Parenthood had accepted the money, it would have compromised their own mission and in a sense would be selling out. So props to them for staying true, despite the hefty temptation.

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  56. smrnda
    smrnda April 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm |

    “Planned Parenthood proved something I have always believed: Most charities are not run to help people, they are run because they are ways for people to signal status about themselves to other people”

    Could anyone demonstrate this better than Tucker Max himself, who apparently will only donate to an organization if it puts his name on a building? He clearly only wants to ‘help’ provided it helps his status and image. Tucker Max’s desire to ‘help’ is conditional not on what would benefit an organization (how many women would feel comfortable going to a clinic named after him for any reason?) or the people it serves, but how it serves his own ends.

    And as for some women being his fans, I remember being in college where I would observe young women laughing at men spouting some of the most misogynistic crap I’d ever heard. I realize that this is because women and girls are socialized that it’s their job to make people feel good about themselves. If a guy is trying to be funny you’re supposed to laugh so that his poor fragile little ego won’t undergo any damage.

    I tried to read Tucker Max once just for the sake of having seen it first hand. Reading a phone book would have been more entertaining. Beyond the misogyny, it just wasn’t funny or interesting at all.

  57. Jess
    Jess April 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm |

    If Max Tucker is so supportive of Planned Parenthood, why, when they refused to take his donation, didn’t he offer to donate exactly the same amount anonymously?

  58. John
    John April 9, 2012 at 9:37 am |

    Even shorter Tucker Max: “I’m not going to donate to Planned Parenthood.”

  59. Don Canard
    Don Canard April 11, 2012 at 12:48 am |

    Tucker seems like a guy who could wear his underpants on his head and they would be near parts providing the same function as those at the other end. without them, the top end of his spine gives us an idea of what the other end looks like. No matter which end it comes out of, if it looks like it and smells like it, it probably is…

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