Prurient Puff Piece
Release Date: July 30, 2010
Runtime: 124 minutes
Distributor: Phase 4 Films
Director: Brigitte Berman
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Brigitte Berman and Victor
Writer: Brigitte Berman
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The documentary is told pretty much in chronological order, with interviews of Hefner, workers at PLAYBOY and the celebrities who became his friends. It mentions the Christian roots of Hefner’s family, but quickly gets into his dissatisfaction with his first marriage and his dissatisfaction with America’s Judeo-Christian, traditional mores.
When Hefner started PLAYBOY, he was, believe it or not, an editor of a children’s magazine. Based in Chicago, he was able to connect with a nearby photographer who had the rights to a nude photo of Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe as a young woman. By featuring that photo, Playboy was able to gain enough notoriety that the rest, as they say, is history.
The documentary goes on to discuss Hefner’s crusades against censorship, segregation, the Vietnam War, laws against marijuana, and what he calls “sexual repression.” It also details the changes in the magazine down through the years and his private life, including his ongoing relationships with several women at one time and his second marriage, which also ended in divorce. It is clear Hefner is most proud of his “contributions” not only to the so-called Sexual Revolution of the 1960s, but also his crusades for civil rights for black people, abortion on demand and appreciation of jazz music.
Although this documentary mentions Hefner’s conflicts with feminists, conservatives and Evangelical Christians, and includes cogent comments from legendary Christian entertainer Pat Boone and conservative talk show host Dennis Prager, Hefner generally gets the last word. Also, except for a clip of Hefner debating feminists on the old DICK CAVETT SHOW back in the early 1970s, this movie contains no direct debate on Hefner’s final points in favor of the Sexual Revolution, marijuana legalization or “progressive” politics. It also contains several shots from PLAYBOY of full female nudity, many shots of upper female nudity and a shot of a PLAYBOY cartoon making light of incest.
Of course, the victims of Hugh Hefner’s awful legacy have not just been adults. No, the biggest victims of Hefner’s radical leftist paganism have been millions of murdered unborn children and young targets of pedophiles and other perverts. Hefner’s “Sexual Revolution” has also left millions of children in the inner city without fathers and millions of inner city mothers without adequate male support. This in turn has created a generation of fatherless gangbangers whose violence and drug deals have devastated the black and Hispanic population throughout the United States and Mexico. So much for this documentary’s vacuous veneration of Hugh Hefner’s civil rights “record.”
Despite interviews with some of Hefner’s cultural opponents, this documentary is essentially a puff piece with much explicit nudity. It fails to mention the millions of murdered unborn babies and broken families due to Hefner’s radical PLAYBOY philosophy. Nary a peep is said about the millions of women and children whose lives have been terribly damaged by rapists, pedophiles and other perverts because of Hefner’s crusade for what he and others call “sexual liberation.”