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Tucker Max is an American blogger, author and public speaker who gained much notoriety online for his autobiographical accounts of drunken escapades, sexual encounters and other forms of debauchery published through his website in the early 2000s.
In 2000, Max launched the blog TuckerMax.com after betting a friend that he would place an application for women who wished to date him on the Internet. He subsequently removed the website prior to securing legal work during that summer. In April 2001, the Writers Club Press published Max’s first dating advice book The Definitive Book of Pick Up Lines. In September 2002, TuckerMax.com was relaunched with a story named “Sushi Pants,” in which he retells a story about losing his pants after becoming inebriated while experimenting with a portable alcohol breathalyzer at a sushi restaurant in Boca, Raton, Florida. In 2003, he was sued by former girlfriend and the 1999 Miss Vermont Katy Johnson for posting an account of their relationship on his blog. In June that year, Max’s second book Belligerence and Debauchery: The Tucker Max Stories was released.
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
In January 2006, Citadel Press published Max’s autobiographical short story book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. That year, the book briefly became the New York Times #1 Bestseller.
On September 25th, 2009, a film adaptation of the book was released, which was poorly received by critics scoring 20% on the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes. Many protests were staged at screenings of the film by demonstrators who accused Max of promoting rape culture in his stories involving sex with intoxicated women.
On September 28th, 2010, Simon & Schuster published a sequel to the book titled Assholes Finish First, featuring more of Max’s anecdotes involving sex and alcohol consumption. On October 17th, the hardcover ranked #3 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Planned Parenthood Stunt
In 2012, Max’s publicist Ryan Holiday offered the nonprofit family planning service Planned Parenthood $500,000 to name an abortion clinic in North Texas after his client. On April 3rd, Forbes Magazine published an article by Holiday in which he revealed the organization refused to take the donation over worries about Max’s reputation as a misogynist.
The Mating Grounds
In April 2014, Max, along with American evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, launched the website The Mating Grounds, which describes itself as a “resource dedicated to teaching men everything they need to know about sex, dating and women.” In the site description, the pair assert that the pickup artist community as “sociopathic, bullshit scammers” and claim they can provide superior mating strategies for men.
Max has a reputation for embellishing and fabricating stories for pageviews, book sales and advancing his career. On June 29th, 2006, YouTuber fckangel uploaded footage of Max telling an anal sex story on the Opie & Anthony radio show, during which the hosts and several callers accused him of fabricating the story (shown below).
Both Max and fellow blogger George Ouzounian (a.k.a. Maddox) are often credited with founding the “fratire” literary genre, which was coined by The New York Times reporter Warren St. John when describing works viewed as the masculine equivalent of “chick lit.”
Max was born on September 27th, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1998, Max completed a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Chicago and went on to earn a Juris Doctor at the Duke Law School in 2001.
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