LOS ANGELES (September 16, 2011) –
Parents Television Council®
condemned Comcast/NBC Universal for blatant doublespeak after it was
announced the fall premiere of “The Playboy Club” would be directly
tied to Playboy magazine.
Initially, executive producer Ian Biederman went to great lengths to
assure critics the show is “not based on the magazine, it’s based on
The Playboy Club in 1961. It’s entirely different.” This week,
Playboy magazine announced the October issue, which hit
newsstands today, features NBC “Playboy Club” star
Laura Benanti on the cover and cross-promotes the program.
Just in time for the September 19 premiere of the show, Hugh Hefner
piled on by dropping the cost of the magazine to 60 cents.
“NBC fooled no one but themselves when they asserted that ‘The
Playboy Club’ was unrelated to the porn industry and Hugh Hefner’s
Playboy magazine. The network’s hypocrisy was most recently
exposed this week when we found out Playboy magazine would
help promote ‘The Playboy Club’ and would even feature one of the
actresses on the cover. This follows earlier reports that performers
were required to sign nudity waivers,”
said PTC president Tim Winter.
“The program is inseparable from the Playboy brand. Hugh Hefner is
the narrator of the pilot episode. He has timed the magazine price
reduction to coincide with the broadcast. And he is opening an
actual Playboy Club, bunnies and all, in Chicago, just like the TV
show. Clearly, Hefner is looking to the broadcast television program
for the millions of dollars in free publicity he will receive,
complements of the publicly-owned airwaves.
“Those involved with the production and distribution of this program
who have claimed it is about ‘empowering women’ need a reality
check. This is about female sexualization, not female empowerment.
“Regardless of whether the content in ‘The Playboy Club’ premiere is
legally indecent, those responsible for creating and distributing it
are doing their part to mainstream pornography by promoting the
Playboy brand. America will know the names of those corporations
that choose to sponsor this program, and they will be called to
account,” Winter concluded.
with a representative from
the Parents Television
Council, please contact
Megan Franko at (703)
859-5054 or Liz Krieger at
(703) 683-5004 ext. 120.