NBC is now contributing to and encouraging a highly dangerous sexualized culture as they stoop further into the gutter for programming and profits. This fall, NBC plans to air its new series, “The Playboy Club.” Sign the pledge to take action!
One of the stars of the show explained that she took the role because she looked up to Hugh Heffner for his “ progressive and racy nature to push the envelope and push society forward” and she hopes that this show does the same thing yet again. It will certainly push the envelope…
But, is the degradation and exploitation of women pushing society forward? Throughout its history, Playboy has certainly had an impact on society – encouraging the objectification of women and marketing their pornography with language that implies coercion and violence against women. The dominance of pornography in American society, begun by Playboy, has led to great harms, including child sexual exploitation, greater demand for sex trafficking, addiction and destroyed marriages. NBC’s decision to air “The Playboy Club” will only encourage greater acceptance of pornography AND THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF GIRLS AND WOMEN.
As the show begins, one hears Hugh Heffner’s voice explaining:
…I built a place in the toddlin’ town where everything was perfect, where life was magic, where the rules were broken and fantasies became realities for everyone who walked in the doors. It wasn’t the 50s anymore…and that was my kingdom. It was the place where dreams came true.”
Now, 60 years later we can see that millions of lives have been damaged as a result of this romanticized lie that pornography is harmless entertainment and simply “dreams coming true.” We don’t need NBC to pour more fuel to that fire!