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Hugh Hefner Documentary — Would You Watch It?

What's the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the name Hugh Hefner? Sex, I'm sure. A new documentary wants to add "civil rights activist" to the list of things the Playboy icon is known for. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel presents Hugh as a champion of gay rights, women's liberation, and racial integration.

Here's Hugh describing his legacy:

"One of the things I find really curious is when people say I've lived an amoral life. From my perspective, it's quite the contrary. I feel I've lived a very moral life. I've been on the side of angels from the beginning.”

One such angelic anecdote: when two of his Playboy nightclubs in the South were racially segregated, Hugh bought them back and integrated them. As for women, the man who tells his current twin girlfriends apart by a birthmark says: "I was a feminist before there was such a thing as feminism." Hugh's Playboy Foundation has funded legal battles for birth control and abortion access. Of course one could argue that Hugh has this influential role only because he made a fortune objectifying women for the entertainment of men.

Would you be interested in learning more about Hugh's life as a so-called activist?

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Phyl350 Phyl350 7 years
Hi, not only would I watch it, I already HAVE watched it and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I saw it in March 2010 at a screening at MoMA in NYC, with its director, Brigitte Berman, in attendance (she had a post-screening Q&A), as well as some of those interviewed in the film itself (Dr. Ruth, Tony Bennett, Dick Cavett). It was enlightening, :) I left the screening liking and respecting Hugh Hefner. Go, Hef.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
staple, i wasn't saying that women shouldn't be be given the same opportunity, i am saying that hefner only supports feminism insofar as it benefits the male playboy lifestyle.
Quanni-E Quanni-E 7 years
I would watch it because I would find some ofhis stances very interesting. As far as women's, rights go...I think he believes in a woman being liberated but she is still a sex object. So it's soemthing like a back handed compliment. But I'm sure there's more to Hef than big boobs and blondes.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
id watch it
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
@10, the let women have "consequence free" sex too. Actually, I'd say that they let women have "consequence free" sex moreso than the men. I mean, a woman has a baby and she's stuck with it. A man gets a woman knocked up and his biggest worry is child support... if the woman can even get a paternity test done.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I'd watch it. I don't think the magazine objectifies women at all, in fact the most "empowered" women I know or have met are either in the porn industry, strippers, or burlesque dancers. And Playboy has some pretty good colomnists, or so I've heard, and if you compare the pictures of the women to other magazines, Playboy is practically the cleanest (especially when you compare somewhat artful porn with, say, Penthouse, which is just a diagram of how the vagina leads to the ovaries and everything in between with some boobs).
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Please. Hef only supports "women's lib" so far as it benefits him and other men. The issues cited, birth control and abortion, he supports because they enable men to have consequence-free sex. I don't take particular issue with any type of porn, but the notion that playboy is "classy" or that hefner is a feminist is absurd. i'll pass.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 7 years
I wouldn't mind watching it, to be honest. Like others have said, no one was forced to do Playboy. I remember seeing them when I was little (Dad wasn't too good at hiding 'em..LOL!) and they didn't seem to bother me. That being said, I wouldn't go out of my way to watch the documentary, but I'd still watch it if I caught it on.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I'd watch it if it's on tv :) If it's not, eh, I'm not going to go out of my way to borrow a dvd about it. Plus, I've watched 2 segments done on him on A&E and E!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I'm not opposed to it, I'm just not that interested. He's a celebrity, and I'm usually not too interested in biographies.
ali321 ali321 7 years
I have no problem with Playboy. I'm just not interested in him is all.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
I'll watch it. There is nothing wrong with Playboy in my eyes and I would very much enjoy learning more about the man behind it. It's not like any of the women in playboy were forced to be objectified. It's more of an honor.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I would definitely watch him. I think he's fascinating, and I subscribe to his magazine "objectifying women" so I clearly don't have a problem with it.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
If its on TV I would watch it, but if is on theaters I would pass. I know enough about him to watch a documentary about him, and the girl next door kind of took the "mystery" away from him. About what he said about morality and all that stuff I learned that morality is very subjective, and as a long as what you do is not harming or is not stepping over someone else's freedoms or right I think go for what makes you happy and as far as I'm concern his life style does not step over anyone's freedom or right. You can choose to be on the magazine or not, you can choose to have a relationship with him or not, you can choose to read the magazine or not.
cherryblossom cherryblossom 7 years
I dont understand why most people say they would pass, id never be in playboy but id sure like to know about the man who made this massive empire with all this recognition, fame, etc. Did you know he keeps a room with all of the issues of the magazines hes ever done stored page by page and protected? i mean why wouldnt you id be proud to! I know most people probably want to skip it because of what it was that got him all the money, girls taking their clothes off etc, but sex isnt bad, and selling sex to those of an appropriate age isnt bad, and i know that i would watch it because i think it would be interesting as hell.
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