Playboy.com posted a story yesterday called “So Right It’s Wrong,” about the conservative women writer Guy Cimbalo wanted to “hate f**k”; it’s since been removed. After the story was posted, the blogosphere, particularly female bloggers, had a complete meltdown, with some calling for a boycott. Playboy took a kick to the balls and responded in an appropriately wimpy fashion by taking down the article. So what was so offensive? Our own Susannah Breslin writes over at Double X:
“It’s a listicle that eviscerates every conservative female that crossed Cimbalo’s radar as someone who was at least in some regard physically attractive and yet whose personal politics he found to be utterly loathsome. The list includes Michelle Malkin, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Laura Ingraham, and Peggy Noonan.
On Malkin: ‘Worse than f**king Ava Braun.’ On Ingraham: ‘Vagina dentata would be an improvement.’ On Noonan: ‘Imagine f**king your grandmother. Now imagine your grandmother coined the phrase ‘a thousand points of light.’ It’s worse than that.’”
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned during the recession, it’s that sex still sells. Sex workers are pulling in the big bucks, the online porn business is booming, and the sex toy industry is thriving. The only person not reaping the rewards? Hugh Hefner. Playboy has hit a major slump, reporting a loss of $13.7 million this quarter as advertising dipped 26 percent. The magazine is considering raising their $5.99 cover price and reducing the frequency and circulation of the magazine. Interestingly, the magazine represents less than a quarter of the company’s total revenue, which has insiders speculating that Hefner will offset its losses and keep it afloat despite its decline. Regardless, major changes are in store. Last week, we told you that photographer Terry Richardson shot a recent cover, giving the magazine some much needed edge, and this week Heidi Montag Pratt confirmed she’ll be posing for the magazine, all in hopes of boosting newsstand sales. Keep reading »
Last week, Tyra Banks said she’s trying to expand the idea of what the fashion industry considers beautiful. According to her, black models with lighter skin are deemed more commercial, whereas darker-skinnned black models are considered more high fashion. We’ve noticed this phenomenon holds true when a woman’s “hotness” is being judged, too. Keep reading »
If the June issue of Playboy looks a little more “Boogie Nights”-retro than babes-bare-all, it’s because famed fashion photog Terry Richardson shot the cover that features actress America Olivo. (No, we haven’t heard of her either.) In any case, while this might seem like a raunchy side job for someone whose work has appeared in French Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, Richardson’s favorite subject is nudes. His iconic soft-core photo style (think American Apparel ads) has garnered him huge fans. He’s photographed everyone from Barack Obama to Kate Moss.
He also has his fair share of detractors who have labeled him amateurish and misogynistic. Whether you like his style or not, his work is provocative. In fact, if you fancy your own Playboy-like photos, Terry is casting nude models via his website. Good luck! Keep reading »
The University of Miami was voted the top party school in the U.S. by none other than Playboy, which has been rating party schools for 20 years. This year, the schools were ranked according to five criteria — campus life, sports, sex, “brains,” and bikini. That last criteria was a combo of weather, guy-to-girl ratio, and cheerleaders. And “brains” means academics, because “you are in college for a reason, to get an education,” said Playboy Assistant Editor Rocky Rakovic. Playboy used a scientific equation that quantified GPAs, freshman retention, and Princeton academic reviews to figure out the brainpower of American college students. In order to make the list, the fun had to happen on campus, so colleges where the partying took place on the fringe of campus or in nearby cities were excluded. One surprise result was the University of Wisconsin’s sixth place ranking because the “bikini” criteria favored schools in warm climates. They must party hard, snow or shine, in Wisconsin. After the jump, the full list. [Playboy via Reuters] Keep reading »
“I realized very early that there are two types of men in this world: Those who are comfortable sitting in a large group of men watching porn and those who are uncomfortable sitting in a large group of men watching porn. I am definitely in the latter category.”
“It would have to be funny. I’m a very serious actor when it comes to nudity. I’m like Meryl Streep.”
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Kate Winslet has gotten naked for several movies, including “The Reader” and “Titanic,” and it seems that Hugh Hefner has evaluated her assets and think she’s Playboy material: “It’s a competitive market, more than it used to be, so she would be a most welcome addition in our pages.” The funny thing is, Hefner basically says this about any woman in the news. During Miley Cyrus’s Vanity Fair photo scandal, Hef invited her to strip for his magazine when she’s of legal age. After Lindsay Lohan posed naked mimicking Marilyn Monroe for New York magazine, Hefner reportedly wanted her to do a similar shoot for Playboy. Following her sexy GQ cover, Jennifer Aniston was reportedly approached by Hefner and offered $4 million to pose. Oh, and let’s not forget that he had hoped to get Sarah Palin as a centerfold. Hugh doesn’t seem to get it; Just because a woman will take off her clothes for “art” doesn’t mean she’ll take everything off for him. We’re going to take a wild guess and say that Winslet would never in a million years pose naked for Playboy — unless the economy gets even worse, of course. Keep reading »
Following in the footsteps of studs(?) Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, Peter Sellers, and Jerry Seinfeld, Seth Rogan is about to become the 9th man to grace the cover of Playboy. We Frisky gals will for sure be reading the March issue of the men’s mag for the articles….but we also hope sexy Seth gets his own spread. Here’s are our five suggestions for how Playboy should photograph Hollywood’s hottest comedian… Keep reading »