I myself have or had little use for or knowledge of Hugh Hefner.
I have read through his magazines over the years as some of the articles were, well written.
As an artist, I found his models posed for the most part in a respectful/artistic way. Unlike the porn we have today which is hard not to stumble over on the internet, Playboy was rather bland in comparison.
As a mature person, I remember some of the early magazines with clover leafs over nipples, and what have you.
If a (person) makes a conscious decision to model for a magazine like his, who are we to say anything? Our first lady was a model of impeccable taste.
As many of you know, I worked in the Advertising industry for years. Sex Sells!
We, humans, are geared for sex. Men are more visual creatures and I can tell you that the advertising industry knows that all too well.
Hugh knew it too and made his fortune selling the sizzle and not the steak. Hugh sold the fantasy and portrayed that fantasy in his silk robe and pipe. That fantasy sold millions of magazines and to be absolutely fair, started many young ladies careers.
The Religious folks are now trashing him on social media and folks, his sin was no worse than theirs or mine or yours. Sin is sin is sin! Unless you are Jesus Christ himself, you are a sinner! If you feel differently, you clearly don’t understand sin.
To judge this man is not their job, that job is reserved for God.
To judge me, or other writers who might write some tawdry novel is not your job, or theirs. It is gods Job, and I am ok with it.
I talk about marketing and what sells. Sex sells not only in a visual medium like the centerfold, but it sells in my novels where I paint a picture with words that are what? They are a fantasy for you to enjoy.
Some folks are so hypocritical. One of my friends was upset with her husband because she caught him looking at pornography on the internet. Sticking out of her purse was a copy of 50 shades.
To me, that is like having a diet coke with a slice of German chocolate cake thinking that will help with your diet.
I can paint some pretty graphic pornography with words as can many of you. Porn is porn and your sin is no less sinful than his. Men are visual and women well, like their porn too, they just like it disguised in romance novels. The idea of being held down while the burly stranger that you have been teasing with rips your silky panties off you is…porn.
I am reminded about casting the first stone and me for one live in a glass house, as do you.
Hugh lived a life that most men only dream of, I would guess. He had 7 girlfriends at one time and I would bet it was not all peaches and cream. I can say that because I have read the bible several times and King Solomon had several hundred wives and several hundred Concubines. Can you imagine what his household was like?
Judge not should be all of our mantras, it is certainly mine.
Whether you are a “religious” person or not, judging others is not our job. For the religious right to call him the names that I am reading is just wrong. My theory is that they are jealous of what he had and what he did in his 90 odd years so they are using the bible to beat their chest while being a bully to those who don’t know all of the facts. They are wrong on many levels, and it is sad. It is actually a sad day for Christianity as it is a terrible role model of what Christ was about.
I understood Hugh did many good things with his wealth while he was alive, so again, judge not.
God has this….
I for one believe that one day we might meet one another. I will shake his hand if he/we indeed have hands in heaven.
If you just muttered under your breath that we will meet in hell, man, examine your soul!
Much Love -TW