Accuracy in Media

Hugh Hefner’s death last week at 91 brought forth some interesting reactions.

A man who spent decades of his life exploiting women, objectifying them, treating them in his magazine and elsewhere as existing only to provide pleasure to men might have raised the ire of feminists, who tend to object to such things in principle.  But things did not go that way at all.

Online publications, network newscasts and cable channels that generally take it upon themselves to cheerlead for the feminist movement in America did an overnight about-face to suddenly see the pornography peddler as a “sexual revolutionary,” a “champion of free speech,” and, by one account, a “family man.”

Hefner made a career out of humiliating women for his own despicable, misogynistic and sexist pleasures. Among the media outlets that dismissed basically all of Hefner’s disgusting behavior was E! News, which published the headline, “Why We Loved Hugh Hefner: See His Best and Craziest Moments.”

The article, written by female author Vanessa Jackson, featured a video, which cast Hefner as a “sweet” and “caring” man who “treated everyone like family.”

Yes, that’s right: “Like family.” Because everyone knows that decent family men pay women half their age to strip down to nothing, so Mr. Family Man can selfishly satisfy his disturbing desires, right? Wrong.

A true family man respects women for who they are. He does not objectify them or act as if they are his property. Many feminists might tell you they agree with this seemingly uncontroversial concept, many of their fellow feminists in the media clearly see things differently.

The mainstream media’s anti-woman crusade continued following Hefner’s death last week in an article by New York Daily News authors Kerry Burke and Denis Slattery. The piece, titled, “Hugh Hefner remembered fondly by friends, employees he inspired,” quoted former Playboy Playmate Courtney Culkin, a Long Island native, as calling Hefner a “gentleman.”

“I remember his kindness, his generosity. He stood for freedom of expression and his legacy will live on,” Culkin added, recalling Hefner’s “wet kisses.” She went on to describe her own relationship with Hefner as “very professional,” which may have made Culkin the first woman to describe her relationship with a male boss as both “very professional” and involving “wet kisses.”

And, finally, as if “family man,” “gentleman,” and “sexual revolutionary” somehow were not sufficient undeserved praise for Hefner, Fortune’s Claire Zillman hailed him as a “champion” of women’s reproductive rights.” The author rightly acknowledged that Playboy magazine is “sexist,” she defended its late founder because he supported women getting abortions.

Zillman noted that it was in 1965 that Playboy published its first article in support of legalizing abortions. The article came eight years before the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which has resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent babies over the span of several decades.

Just when you thought there might be one thing liberal feminists and conservatives might be able to agree upon (i.e. the objectification of women, the degradation of females everywhere and the intellectual insult to millions of women because of the smut Hefner spewed into society for decades, both sides of the political spectrum appear even more divided than we thought.

After all, if most Americans can’t even agree that women need to be treated with respect and decency – rather than as property – what, then, can we all agree on?

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  • Lorilu

    Hefner championed women’s reproductive rights? Who benefits most from that abortion on demand policy? Men, who have been absolved of their responsibilities while partaking of the benefit of easy sex.

  • samo war
  • AndRebecca

    According to the Left, women can be treated as just about anything except traditional wives and mothers, particularly traditional Christian wives and mothers. The only value women have (to them) is their contribution to the advancement of communism and their work outside the home. Having the morals of a Hollywood slut is pure progress to the Left because it is unchristian.

  • Kyle Prescott

    The left celebrates anything that pollutes our culture.

  • mioahu

    no hypocrites like the leftists ! speaking from both end of their mouths.and contradicting themselves with any statements. That’s why they don’t debate, and just call names, cause they are embarrassed every time.

  • Mark Wynn

    Yes, shameful how all those liberal actresses and Democrat business women would be invited to Hef’s party house and backyard grotto to ogle all the scantily clad, exploited male hunks … oh, wait ….

  • BobInBpt

    Funny how they never had this kind of compassion when it came to Donald Trump and mere comments that he made 30 years ago !

  • Mark Wynn

    Spot on … great for randy men, bad for women and children.

  • Kurt Heinlein

    As long as your right on their basic issues like abortion & give them money. your gold with these hypocrite leftist women’s groups!

  • Lillian DeVore

    My opinion is that they wanted to be exploited. They were not kidnapped and kept in chains.

  • Paulette Hendrix

    never bought a magazine published by him ! won’t miss him or otherwise think of him except in light of regretting all the good he could have done with all that money!

  • Jerry Del Vecchio

    The hypocrisy of the feminists is mind-boggling. Harvey Weinstein? Never heard of him and if they did, they never heard anything about his being a sexual predator for the past 30 years.