If Planned Parenthood did a background investigation on all of its donors before taking their money, chances are it would find incriminating stuff that might preclude it from accepting a number of contributions.
But because Tucker Max, the bestselling Austin-based author I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, and other fratboy-style humor essays and books, is not shy about who he is– a self-proclaimed asshole that sleeps with more women than is safe or reasonable–the cash-strapped organization has turned down his $500,000 donation to have a building named after him.
This was after Aimee Boone, a VP in the Dallas office of Planned Parenthood, had already graciously accepted it. Max’s publicist, Ryan Holiday, who hatched the idea with his client as a way to get a tax break and to publicize such titles as Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers, wrote in Forbes that Max was en route to Dallas when he got a call from Planned Parenthood that they had a change of heart.
PP: “I guess it’s the way you write about women.”
Tucker: “What do you mean? I’m not negative towards women in my writing. Women love my writing; more than half my fans are female.”
PP: “Well…there are certain jokes you make we feel can be perceived in a certain negative manner.”
Tucker: “So because I made a fat girl joke you won’t accept a $500,000 donation?”
PP: “I wouldn’t characterize it that way.”
Tucker: “How would you then? I’m listening and I want your best quote.”
PP: “We don’t feel it would be appropriate, given Planned Parenthood’s mission and your body of work, to accept your donation.”
Tucker: “What? I thought Planned Parenthood’s mission was about helping women, not passing judgment on humor.”
It’s admirable that Planned Parenthood won’t compromise itself for the sake of a dollar, especially since Governor Rick Perry has stripped it of a lot