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NYU professor and Bloomberg contributing editor Scott Galloway thinks Tumblr is like a “porn site” because of the amount of traffic it gets from adult content. He also calls Yahoo’s purchase of Tumblr the “worst acquisition” in the past decade.
Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson, who was an early Tumblr investor, didn’t take that comment too nicely. So he took to his blog on Wednesday, comparing Galloway to Donald Trump and calling him a “jerk … saying crazy s–t.”
Galloway, of course, wasn’t too happy about it. So he lobbed a dig back at Wilson with a lengthy comment below Wilson’s blog post. He believes Tumblr gets 23% of its traffic from adult content, and compared the social media site to a “dog park” this time.
He’s also upset about the Trump comparison because he’s a son of a “a single immigrant mother.”
“I won’t take your suggestion that I’m a crazy jerk personally. However, comparing me to Donald Trump … I take real issue with this, Fred, real issue,” Galloway wrote.
So to settle the score, Galloway wants to run a public poll. He wants to ask the public who’s more like Donald Trump and have the person with more votes spend 10% of his average annual income from the past five years organizing an anti-Trump political campaign. He writes:
“Let’s see if this can be something other than a pissing match between a prof and a vc – I believe there is more that unites us than divides us (#clinton). I sense we both find Mr. Trump’s misogyny, xenophobia and racism disturbing. My proposal/challenge:
-We each post our profiles (no airbrushing) from USV and NYU with one question: ‘Who is more like Donald Trump?’
-The loser (who voters decide is more like Donald Trump) allocates 10% of their average annual income (last 5 years-per tax returns) and starts an anti-Trump PAC that leverages digital marketing tools/techniques to keep America great. We can partner on this, or not (see above: any bite behind that bark?).”
Galloway, known for making controversial comments in the past, seems serious about this poll. But he also wanted to assure that this isn’t anything personal and that he has nothing but respect for Wilson’s success, when Business Insider reached out for comment:
“I appreciate that he’s engaging in a dialogue and taking a stand/saying something, even if it’s a bit critical (of me). You can’t be as out there as I am and not expect (often well-deserved) pushback. I don’t know Fred, but his success speaks for itself, and [I] find his blog (spent time on it this AM) informative and insightful.”
Wilson declined to comment publicly, but left the following comment on his blog:
“That is exactly the kind of attention grabbing stunt that degrades you in my opinion and the opinions of many in the community. You should stop doing it. And I don’t want to be part of anything like that.”