Well, I know that a lot of American companies have fallen upon hard times. GM has announced that it is going to have to cut at least 30,000 manufacturing jobs, Merck has announced that it is looking at some subastantial layoffs, and even Krispy Kreme has been forced to recently announce profit shortfalls and declining stock prices. The economy is struggling a bit, for sure, but can someone tell me what kind of a world we're living in when Playboy starts to suffer from declining profits? (last quarter Playboy's publishing revenues sank by 8%)
I mean, it's Playboy! I recognize the fact that the adult entertainment industry has grown exponentially since it's inception in 1953, and I also recognize the fact that the Playboy magazine has probably suffered considerably against competition provided by adult-themed websites (sexually-oriented sites accounting for 40% of all web traffic by some estimates), but isn't their a place in our... ummm... hearts for Playboy?
Playboy seems pretty tame in comparison to other forms of adult entertainment (I'm struggling to avoid using the word pornography over and over in this blog), but I think that's part of it's charm. Playboy has always been the magazine that your mom would giggle about upon finding in your room. Hustler or other magazines would get you the wrath of god speech, an extended lecture upon religion, ethics, and the objectification of women as well as sidelong, suspicious glances from female members of your family for days, if not weeks. Playboy got a giggle and the "shame on you" comment. Somehow, it's always just seems pretty harmless. Some of our favorite movie stars and entertainers have appeared in Playboy (everyone from Madonna to Sophia Loren to pro wrestling's China), and Hugh Hefner is treated more like a national icon than the world's most famous porn peddler.
I don't know- call me sentimental, but it just bothers me to see Playboy struggling after it's given us all so much. I remember looking at my first Playboy with a bunch of kids in my athletics class in sixth grade when some kid found an issue under the bleachers of our middle school. We giggled and looked at the pictures and read the cartoons and wondered, awestruck, at the pictures of naked women. I'm not sure what happened to that particular issue, but if I had to guess, I'd say that it was probably torn apart in the kind of feeding frenzy that could only be produced by the hormones of junior high boys.
I'm not sure what the point of this particular entry is, except to say- men (and women, who are so inclined), GO OUT AND BUY YOURSELVES A PLAYBOY!!! The company needs you, and god knows you owe them something for their hard years of work and determination in putting male fantasies into print. Buying an issue of Playboy is not only good for the economy, but it's good for America, damnit!!! Those bunnies need our help!!!