Planned Parenthood just turned down a donation of $500,000. At first glance, that seems like an awfully dumb thing to do. Why would an organization that needs so much support right now turn down a donation that large? Because the proposed donation was from Tucker Max. Yes, the same Tucker Max that has made a career of being a slimy, misogynist womanizer. If you don’t know who he is, I’ll direct you to his Wikipedia page, because I don’t want to dignify his website with the traffic.
Max has made derogatory comments about Planned Parenthood in the past. One of his tweets about the organization reads: “Planned Parenthood would be cooler if it was a giant flight of stairs, w/someone pushing girls down, like a water park slide.” And don’t forget this one: “In South Florida. This place is awful. Shitty design, slutty whores & no culture, like a giant Planned Parenthood waiting room.”
Max thought it would be super clever and funny to donate $500,000 to Planned Parenthood, which would have gotten a clinic named after him. It was supposed to be a way to promote his new book. You know, so that all the “slutty whores” he writes about can go and get abortions at a clinic named after him! Ugh.
“Jokes” like this one are the last thing women need right now. With so many people working to label women who get abortions and use contraception as sluts, Planned Parenthood was right to turn down Max’s donation. At first, I wondered if it was something they could have turned around to their advantage. Maybe they could have used his money to educate women about misogyny and date rape. But Planned Parenthood is fighting so much opposition right now, and it would have been a bad move to accept money from someone whose image goes against practically everything they stand for. The whole mission of Planned Parenthood is to promote women’s health and our right to affordable healthcare. The last thing they need is for a “Tucker Max” clinic to bring ridicule to their organization.
Since the rest of the words I have for Tucker Max are not appropriate to publish on this site, I made a gallery instead. Here are 10 awesome things that I’ve always wanted, but would never accept if they came from Tucker Max.
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