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Should Hugh Hefners Life Be Celebrated?

Hugh Hefner was an American businessman and founder of the oh so popular ‘Playboy Magazine’ which featured nude women including Marilyn Monroe who was his first cover girl. Hefner helped change the culture of entertainment in a time where sexuality in America was taboo and socially intolerable. Because of his timing though, his success came fairly easy as people were looking to break through these sexual barriers.  Not only was Hefner a liberator when it came to sexual freedom, but he was also an activist. He often hired black comics to perform at his night clubs, as well as allow people of all races into his clubs. This was during the 1960’s when segregation was still very prominent in America.

Hugh Hefner died at the age of 91 on September 27, 2017. Following the news of his death, many were heartbroken and anguished, including his good friend Pamela Anderson who shared a video of her crying on social media along with a note that read:

Goodbye #Hef 

Mr Hefner

I have so many thoughts, I have no brain n right now to edit 

I am me because of you 

You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. 

Outside of my family 

You were the most important person in my life. 

You gave me my life… People tell me all the time 

That I was your favorite…

I’m in such deep shock. 

But you were old, 

your back hurt you so much. 

Last time I saw you 

You were using a walker. 

You didn’t want me to see. 

You couldn’t hear. 

You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me – 

with my name Pamela with a heart

 around it.

Now, 

I’m falling apart. 

This feeling is so crazy. 

It’s raining in Paris now. 

I’m by the window. 

Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me. 

Accepted me 

and encouraged me to be myself. 

Love like no one else. 

Live recklessly 

With unfiltered abandon. 

You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasized about. 

I was the one. 

You said.

I can hear you say –

Be brave. 

There are no rules. 

Live your life 

I’m proud of you. 

There are no mistakes. 

And with men – 

Enjoy … (Your wonderful laugh)

You have the world by the tail 

You are a good girl 

And 

you are so loved – 

You are not crazy. 

You are wild and free

Stay strong,

Stay vulnerable. … “It’s movie time”

You loved my boys … You were always, always there for us. 

With your love 

Your crazy wisdom. 

I will miss your everything. 

Thank you for making the world a better place. 

A freeer and sexier place. 

You were a gentleman 

charming, elegant, chivalrous 

And so much fun. 

Goodbye Hef … Your Pamela 💋

 

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Hugh Hefner with Pamela Anderson

 

While many are mouring the loss of this destinguished individual, many disagree that his life is celebratory. Twitter user @KellyBlaus writes:

“Things Hugh Hefner was: • abusive • a predator • manipulative • into beasteality • scum Things Hugh Hefner was NOT: • “iconic” • legendary.”

Many people argue that Hugh Hefner exploited women, including Marilyn Monroe who in fact did not want her nude photos published in Playboy. She says she even had to buy the magazine to see herself. She was paid only $50 for her nude photoshoot before her fame as an actress took place during a time she was desperate for money. And although Marilyn was obviously not fond of Hefner, he bought a slot next to where she was buried for $75,000 after her death where he will be under controversy, put to rest.

So the question remains; “Should Hugh Hefners Life Be Celebrated?” Let us know what you think.

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