Everyone’s talking about Hugh Hefner, with the shallow, corrupt celebrities worldwide elbowing each other out of the way to get space on the web about their love for Hef.
I add my thoughts concisely at the end of this post.
So, what’s been happening overnight?
Breitbart’s piece on Hefner chronicles his life and Playboy magazine in a long narrative obviously written in advance of his death, which was not unexpected since he was 91.
Just as interesting as the history are the comments, which are uniformly negative at the iconic conservative site. Here are a few:
I doubt there is enough cleanser on the planet to fumigate all the venereal disease germs out of that mansion.
There’s a point at which you are glad the filth is gone, but then you realize that even Hugh Hefner had a soul and I can’t imagine the shock he just received when he discovered judgment day is a reality.
What did he leave behind? Every single thing. I doubt it was worth it in the end.
How many porn addicts created, little boys whose innocence was stolen, marriages broken apart, young women used, degraded, and discarded in shame?
The worse that Hellywood celebrities think he was such a great man. I know God doesn’t rejoice in the death of wicked men…. But I’m sorry God, but I’m glad this pervert finally knows ALL the evil he caused in this Earth.
As a boy I was sexualized way too early because of exposure to Playboy Magazine.
A number of people diverted the conversation away from Hefner and toward Trump. I’ve noticed that liberals do that a lot in the comments sections now.
The British tabloid The Mirror has created a LIVE UPDATES page for Hefner, like his death is some sort of world crisis. That’s really insane hedonism worship.
I’ve pulled a few Tweets from there of the “Hef was such a great man” type.
CNN also put together a series of Tweets that have women praising the man.
The big liberal celebrity website EW found space to bring out feminist Gloria Steinem’s criticism of “sexist” Hefner. They also mention that Hef bought the burial crypt next to Marilyn Monroe for his internment.
Writing stream of conscious, so far I haven’t seen any major religious figure’s remarks about Hefner in any of the stories I’ve seen. I’m guessing that they are making statements but those statements aren’t being picked up by the leftist press.
This 1963 documentary clearly shows race-mixing hedonist Hefner for what he was.
The Times of India ran a story featuring celebrity praise for Hefner. This Jesse Jackson Tweet is included:
One of my favorite sites for tabloid crapola is metro.co.uk. Their tribute to the old lecher features Hefner’s “life lessons.” Among the pearls of wisdom are “Stop giving a shit,” and “Be selfish.”
Metro also devoted an article to informing the world that Hefner’s third wife, Crystal, 31, will be taken care of financially, but his fortune is being divided between his children and charities.
CRYSTAL SIGNED A PRE-NUP.
Among the oddest tributes I’ve found, The Quint features a piece by one Khalid Mohamed who argues that Hefner was a sex educator.
Only one of the 25 or more headlines I’ve seen takes a bit of an old fashioned approach, using the word “smut” in the headline. WBUR published its obit with this title: ‘Playboy’ Founder Hugh Hefner, Champion Of Free Speech And ‘Smut’, Dies At 91
Their story ends on a sad note, observing Hefner’s comments about romance, which was surely a missing ingredient in his life. Hefner:
At the time of his 2003 NPR interview, Hefner shared his mansion with seven women, all young enough to be his granddaughters. But the man who set out to surround himself with sexuality and extravagance looked isolated and lonely. He said his eventful life had convinced him romance was an illusion:
Sex was handed to us by the powers that be, but romance is something that we invented, that is unique to humankind. And what’s interesting about the Western romantic tradition, of course, is that some of the classics are, you know, Romeo and Juliet, where everybody dies. … In the fairy tales it’s pursuit, and then ‘they lived happily ever after.’ But we never really deal with “they lived happily ever after.”
As I’ve written before, men should have a healthy interest in women and in sex, including marriage. Today’s porn, which Hefner helped unleash, is unhealthy on many levels. Although the nudity published by Hefner is seemingly in good taste compared to other porn, in reality, it was airbrushed, with fake smiles, and fake passion. In later years I suspect that fake breasts, lips, and such also entered the equation.
If artificial reality is appealing to you, then Playboy gave it to you. If true reality was more your thing, you probably avoided the whole fake hedonistic, materialistic, shallow mess that Hefner created for America.