Monday, September 28, 2009

Tucker Max: Profiteer of Pain and Abuse

For anyone who hasn't heard of Tucker Max, the author of "I hope they serve beer in hell," (a NY Times bestseller) and the upcoming book, "Assholes finish first," his stock and trade is glorifying the abuse of women and the pain that abuse inflicts. His primary market seems to be college men. His target market is important because of the demographics of sexual violence.

His movie opened on Friday and I've been delaying blogging about Tucker Max in case some of my rape apologist trolls hadn't heard of him yet and would rush to see the movie on the opening weekend.

This isn't just "women are inferior to men" sexism which has it's own dangers, this is sexism which glorifies physically and sexually mistreating girls and women. He says of protesters who accuse him of upholding dangerous attitudes about rape:
[...] really kind of devaluing the seriousness of an actual crime . . . . Dude, I mean, the discussion about where consent lies and doesn’t lie is an important one, and should be had, but this is not the fucking forum. And, uh, and that’s never been an issue for me, so, I don’t know man, I feel like if that’s an issue to you, that’s great, and you should pursue it, but pursue it with the people who it needs to be pursued with. And not with me.”
Just because Tucker Max believes his sexual actions don't cross legal lines into sex crimes doesn't mean he is correct. What he might view a cajoling could in fact be criminal coercion. What he believes to be consensual sex with a drunk woman might be rape through intoxication. Someone who never thinks about where consent lies and doesn't lie is admitting to deliberate and dangerous ignorance.

Ignorance which he is marketing.

Tucker Max's defense is that what he does is creative expression and therefore above criticism. This is supposed to make him exempt from criticism and accountability. But calling the glorification of abusing girls and women "fratire" cannot and should not be acceptable to any human being who is genuinely opposed to abuse.

The term fratire for what Tucker Max does actively harms those fraternity members and alumni who are not accurately represented by him. They should be speaking out and making it clear that fraternity member does not equal women-hating asshole. Tucker Max is not only stereotyping girls and women he is stereotyping them.

The reason given for immunity from criticism doesn't stand up because much of this creative expression is presented as coming from Tucker Max's real actions.

Max's humor reminds me of the music of convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido. You can listen to Garrido sing if you have the stomach for references which are believed to be linked to his abduction and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard. Like Tucker Max, Phillip Garrido had dreams of media stardom. Garrido gave copies of some of his recording to another man in hopes of fame and fortune.
In one song, Garrido sings, "The way she walks, yeah, subtle, sexy. What can I do? I fall victim too. A little child, yeah, look what you do."
"It's just a joke," is a lame and very old excuse which shouldn't be any more acceptable than, "It's just music."

Our media expressions come from who we are at the core. Those who claim otherwise cannot turn around and claim that those who are harmed by Tucker Max or any of his fans should have known better than to trust any of those people.


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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:04 AM   2 comments links to this post


At September 28, 2009 3:44 PM, Blogger Mickey said...

Since when is "creative expression" exempt from criticism. Tucker Max is just... ugh. And an idiot on top of it.

At September 29, 2009 10:25 AM, Blogger S.T.Moon said...

Thank you for this post! I have long been looking for the words and you said it perfectly.


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