Los Angeles comedian Josh Androsky’s attempt to get Ted Cruz to block him on Twitter was both a massive failure and a smashing success — a failure in that the 2016 presidential hopeful has not yet blocked Androsky, but a success in that the comedian has managed to accidentally raise a bunch of money for Planned Parenthood. Recently, Cruz has amped up his fight against Planned Parenthood, vowing to completely defund the reproductive health organization and prosecute all alleged “criminal violations” committed by the organization.
Cruz, always a fount of originality, has proposed shutting down the government in order to bully Democrats into capitulating to his demands — a tactic that both did massive damage to our nation and failed miserably in 2013 when Cruz and his friends threw a $24 billion temper tantrum over Obamacare.
“We can expect President Obama and many of the congressional Democrats to cry loudly that if Congress uses its authority, Congress will be quote ‘shutting down the government,’” Cruz told a group of evangelical pastors during a conference call in august. “That, of course, is nonsense.”“Preaching from the pulpit Biblical values on life and comparing those values, the teachings of Jesus, to this nationwide business of trafficking in the body parts of unborn children is a message that needs to be heard around this country,” Cruz said. “It is important that [Congress] hear also that a show vote will not suffice. An empty vote with no teeth on it will not suffice. Now is the time for Congress to act and actually end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.”
Cruz urged the pastors, many of whom surely enjoy tax exempt statuses for their respective churches, to inject his political message into their sermons — including the false “baby parts for sale” narrative that has become popular with the right:
“Preaching from the pulpit Biblical values on life and comparing those values, the teachings of Jesus, to this nationwide business of trafficking in the body parts of unborn children is a message that needs to be heard around this country. It is important that [Congress] hear also that a show vote will not suffice. An empty vote with no teeth on it will not suffice. Now is the time for Congress to act and actually end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.”
“I believe we should use every and any procedural tool available to defund Planned Parenthood,” Cruz declared before Congress left for its August recess.
Well, Androsky has been using every procedural tool available to get Cruz to block him on Twitter, with similar results. Like Cruz, Androsky has managed to raise awareness of the importance of the organization — though his methods differ slightly. While Cruz does it through encouraging thinking individuals to figure out if deceptively edited videos about “baby part” sales are complete lies or not, Androsky’s journey into fundraising began with a joke.
Androsky told the Daily Dot that his trolling of Ted Cruz began after a discussion with a friend who had remarked that he had failed to encourage Cruz to block him. The discussion ended with a challenge: If the comedian could successfully coax the Senator into blocking him, Androsky’s friend would donate $100 to a charity of the funnyman’s choice. Given Cruz’s opposition to Planned Parenthood, it seemed only right that Androsky funnel the money there.The comedian tried everything, unleashing a string of insults and criticisms at the national embarrassment:
Then the fun truly began. The comedian’s friend, Michelle Dash, contacted him and pledged to add some money to the pot:
So Androsky upped the ante:
When that failed, it was Pokemon time:
Then things just got awesome. Not only did Ms. Dash step back in to offer up $100 for up to 15 days of Cruz not blocking Androsky, but the comedian discovered something “liberal troll” Busta Troll discovered last year: You can have a lot of fun with the “in honor of” section of the Planned Parenthood donation form.
“Busta Troll,” retired, raised more than $2,000 for Planned Parenthood by encouraging his followers to donate in honor of “Rightwing Nutjobs” — a tactic adopted by Androsky in his quest to earn his block from the Senator. He began encouraging the good citizens of the United States to donate “in honor of” [insert favorite Ted Cruz joke here] — and donations poured in:
Each time one of Androsky’s followers sends him a screenshot of their hilarious donations, the comedian tweets them off to Cruz.
“I think the reason this has resonated with people is because this Republican field is so cartoonish. They’re monsters and they’re dangerous, sure, but it’s so over-the-top now that it’s so easy to push it into comedy,” Androsky told the Daily Dot. “Activism is a serious thing, but online activism in many cases is so self-serious that it gets in its own way of actually doing anything. Being another white guy who just complains or makes jokes about injustice while my life isn’t under any threat felt hollow.”
As of Monday, the Dot reports that Androsky has managed to raise more than $1,200 toward selling baby parts, and whatever else it is that Planned Parenthood does (abortions?), though Androsky’s goal is much, much, higher:
“My goal is to raise $2,294,642, because that spells out ‘bazinga’ on a phone keypad.”
Godspeed, Mr. Androsky. Godspeed.
If you’d like to learn what Planned Parenthood actually does so you don’t sound like an absolute, babbling moron at dinner parties, you can do that here.