Planned Parenthood Rejects Comic's $500K

Tucker Max offered enough to have center in his name
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2012 4:43 PM CDT
Planned Parenthood Rejects Comic's $500K
Tucker Max offered Planned Parenthood $500,000.   (Getty Images)

The guy who wrote the bestseller I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell offered Planned Parenthood $500,000, enough to have a location named after him—but the organization has turned the money down. The humorist has been called a misogynist for some choice tweets, the Huffington Post notes. One example: "Planned Parenthood would be cooler if it was a giant flight of stairs, w/someone pushing girls down, like a water park slide."

According to his publicist's blog post on Forbes, Max spoke to Planned Parenthood Dallas about a donation (he wanted to reduce his tax burden) and discovered that a $250,000 to $500,000 donation would earn him naming rights. Also behind his decision: personal experience. "They really did help me and my girlfriend when I was poor, I really do believe in their mission," he says. While the organization was at first enthusiastic about the idea, a rep apparently called Max to voice the group's worries while he was en route to deliver the check. "Planned Parenthood reserves the right to decline offers of gifts and grants that may be discriminatory, are for purposes outside of our mission, or are too difficult to administer," says a spokesperson. Click through for more on Tucker Max. (More Tucker Max stories.)

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