This orthodontist is a scumbag

Dr. Brad Podray is a Florida native, a husband, a new father, and an orthodontist in Iowa. But he may be best known for his persona Scumbag Dad, who produces content lampooning social media influencers.

Currently, Scumbag Dad boasts more than 5.8 million followers on TikTok, about 3.8 million followers on YouTube, and 560,000 followers on Instagram. On social media platforms, he can be seen doing riffs on everything from “true kindness” videos, in which influencers hand out cash to strangers and businesses while getting filmed for their good deeds, to attempting to make a gourmet meal for $10.

@thescumbagdad Can This Chef Make a Gourmet Meal With Only $10?! @Jackie Tran @trulybeccabee @Legible ♬ original sound - Scumbag Dad

Currently, Podray is one of the most followed social media accounts on TikTok in Iowa, according to a story recently published in the Des Moines Register.

His inspiration

About four years ago, Podray’s wife, Hannah Sung, a visual artist who is Korean, was discussing her love for the tenderhearted internet personality Your Korean Dad, who is played by U.S. barista and businessman Nick Cho. At the time, Podray thought it would be funny to create an evil, more relatable dad, and that’s how Scumbag Dad was born. Together, Podray and Sung create content ideas for his platforms, according to the story.

From there, Podray began filming parodies of social media characters who became viral sensations for their compassionate acts. These skits, which at times have been considered risqué or offensive, are the orthodontist’s way of using humor to give his take on social and economic issues, according to the story.

Future plans

Since he was 15, Podray has craved the limelight and holds out hope that his antifather figure character will eventually land him a show on cable television or a streaming platform, according to the story.

More on Podray

When he’s not shooting videos, Podray is an orthodontist at Iowa Family Smiles in Ankeny. He is an alumnus of the University of Scranton, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and Temple University’s Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, according to his biography on Iowa Family Smiles.

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