When we last checked in with self-proclaimed a-hole and famed
misogynist author Tucker Max, he was busy getting sued by his alma mater, Duke Law School, over some allegedly missing tuition money. Almost two years later, Max has decided to hang up his bro hat. Believe it or not, he’s retiring from his hard-partying lifestyle, and he claims that he’s attempting to become a mature adult.
With his choice to become a big boy came some big-boy problems, like how to alleviate his huge tax burdens and promote his new book at the same time. Eventually, Max decided to make a charitable donation to an organization he’s relied upon many times in the past (thanks to his former womanizing ways): Planned Parenthood. And wasn’t just any donation — this was a $500,000 donation meant for a women’s organization in Texas that desperately needed funding.
But Planned Parenthood didn’t want his money. Why? Because he’s Tucker Max….
Apparently Planned Parenthood was more than happy to take Max’s half-million until executives found out who he was, and what the now reformed “fratirist” once stood for in the world. Forbes writer Ryan Holiday — who just so happens to be Tucker Max’s branding agent — has more information on what happened next:
After discussing the details over the phone expressing how serious we were about this and proving Tucker’s financial qualifications, a final lunch was set with between Tucker and the CEO Ken Lambrecht a few days later in Dallas. Tucker set out to make the 3 ½ hour drive from his home in Austin.
And then Planned Parenthood got in its own way. They called in a panic….
It took more than 20 minutes to actually tell him that they were not going to accept his money and that the meeting was off. Mind you, this conversation occurred as he was driving to Dallas. Eventually, they stopped being evasive and got to the real issue—self-righteousness. Planned Parenthood was actually willing to let clinics CLOSE rather than take money from a humorist (with millions of female fans) whose writing they didn’t like the perception of….
In the end, Planned Parenthood’s executives admitted that they didn’t “feel it would be appropriate, given Planned Parenthood’s mission and [Max's] body of work, to accept [his] donation.”
Are you kidding me? Yes, Tucker Max is a world-class d-bag. Yes, Tucker Max has demeaned women in his attempts to be humorous. But women’s rights and feminist circle-scissoring aside, Planned Parenthood needs the money.
Sadly, the organization is simply “too good” for Tucker Max’s money. They’ll be damned if they take a donation from a disgusting human being like him.
So what’s going to happen to Planned Parenthood in Texas? As it stands, Texans are losing access to the vital services that Planned Parenthood provides thanks to budgetary restrictions. What’s their plan? Perhaps something like this? “No birth control today, we don’t accept douchey donations.” Or how about this? “Doors closed, do the same with your legs.” No, that wouldn’t go over very well.
Planned Parenthood should’ve taken the money and run all the way to the bank with it. On the bright side, if you’re in need of a breast exam, Tucker Max is probably willing to give you a hand.