There Goes The New York Times Again
Attacking The Late Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner is dead. Yet it took less than 48 hours for the New York Times to besmirch and defile the Playboy Magazine founder’s life.
In an article entitled “Let’s Talk About Hugh Hefner and His Political Legacy” the writers have come not to praise Hefner nor bury him but to throw dirt upon his memory.
Jennifer Schuessler along with New York Times culture writers Taffy Brodhesser-Akner, Amanda Hess and Wesley Morris wine and complain in their attempt to put a political spin on Hugh Hefner’s perceived faux pas and dismantle his social and cultural legacy.
The roundtable hatchet job on Mr. Hefner is the latest Times lunacy of spewing the paper’s vitriolic equalizing agenda into the record and rewriting history. The angry tone at this great man and his achievements are misplaced.
No one is saying Hugh Hefner was Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela or even Walt Disney. But Hugh Hefner was one of the most important progenitors of societal and political change in the 20th century. Hefner’s questioning of social mores and values made the world a better place. Hefner stood up to politicians, holy rollers and those who condemned everything sexual. Hugh Hefner was a hedonist, but he was an intellectual hedonist. If you doubt that, read the series of editorials Hefner wrote in the early 1960s entitled The Playboy Philosophy.
The four politically correct Times writers decry that Playboy and Hefner did nothing for women. They argue Mr. Hefner did not champion “gender equality.” That is an interesting claim to make considering that during Playboy’s growth years from the 1950s through the 1960s, Hefner never claimed he was trying to equalize men and women, he was trying to sell magazines. Hefner was also busy testing the limits as to what was allowed to be published and sent through the mails.
What did Playboy take on? Important issues such as racism; corruption, the boundaries of religion, free speech, divorce, education, puritanism and of course, censorship and sex.
According to the Times writers, Hefner had ulterior motive’s for championing abortion rights, the ACLU and women’s issues. The writers are grasping at straws. They never walked a mile, let a lone an inch in the man’s shoes. Hefner’s advocacy for things that were not only unpopular but in many cases illegal was legendary. He risked his personal freedom and the financial health of his company to fight where he saw injustice.
The writers go on to bash Hefner for “using” Marilyn Monroe, the first Playboy centerfold in 1953, who at the time of her posing nude in 1949 for photographer Tom Kelley, was “desperate and broke.” In 1949 Monroe was making films occasionally and supplementing her income as a model for hire. The writers neglect to mention the fact that Monroe had willingly posed nude previously. Why? Why does any model work? For the money. Yes, Monroe needed money as do most struggling actors. But the writers seem to equate posing nude with humiliation. Monroe was not ashamed of her body.
These four journalists at the New York Times attacked Hugh Hefner after he died this week. Why wasn’t this article written years ago when Hefner could have responded?
Sometimes there is justice in this world. In all likelihood these hatchet job perpetrators, and all their writings will be forgotten. Hugh Hefner’s influence and impact will endure long into the future, well after these writers are long dead.