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Not to be outdone by LifeChurch.tv’s Porn Event, Hugh Hefner has announced that Playboy will soon feature their first 3D centerfold.  According to a report in Mashable, the centerfold will appear in the June issue which hits newstands this Friday. Also according to the Mashable article:

Consider this a grab for attention more than anything; Playboy editorial director Jimmy Jellinek was quoted by MSNBC saying, “In today’s print environment you have to create newsstand events.” The environment he’s talking about is one in which Playboy circulation has dropped almost 60% in just four years.

The really interesting part of the article (for me) was that Hugh Hephner actually took 3D pictures of naked women back in the 1950s but decided against running the images when he found out how expensive it would be to include the 3D glasses with each copy of the magazine.  Hugh’s smart though… he found a sponsor to pay for the glasses this time:  HBO, who’s using the opportunity to promote a new show. I guess that means it’s time to organize a boycott against HBO (again).  We’d probably organize a group of Christians to boycott Playboy, but no one would ever admit that any Christian ever looked at that (except for the articles). Todd
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Controversy
The issue of Playboy magazine now on newsstands bears an image of a semi-nude Marge Simpson, the cartoon matriarch of The Simpsons, and some Christians are none too happy about it. According to the Houston Belief Blog:

No matter that Marge Simpson is neither really nude nor, well, real, some people are not happy to see her on the racy magazine’s cover.

The American Family Association, which calls itself “an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice,” is asking 7-Eleven stores to reconsider its decision to sell the issue.

“Pornography promotes a hedonistic lifestyle that is often highly addictive, harmful to marriages and influences anti-social and sometimes criminal behavior,” AFA says.

7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris at the corporate office in Dallas, said the company has no plans to carry Playboy on a regular basis. “It is not a recommended item for company stores,” she said, adding that franchise stores are independent contractors and some carry Playboy.

But just seeing the cover will do damage, the AFA said. “It’s irresponsible of 7-Eleven to display porn in front of boys who pop into 7-Elevens for a hot dog or a Slurpee,” said Randy Sharp, AFA special projects director. “A cartoon is going to be appealing to a child. Playboy and 7-Eleven and Fox are allowing that to happen,” he said.

Read more here.

What do you think?  Is this something Christians should get upset over?  Is a provocative picture of a cartoon character more destructive than Miss October?  (I’m guessing that the average 13 year old boy would be more interested in Miss October than in a semi-nude Marge Simpson).

Todd

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