Even in death, The Hef remains a creep

2017-10-01 06:02

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WATCH: Family pays tribute to Hugh Hefner

2017-09-28 11:39

Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of clubs, mansions, movies and television, symbolized by bow-tied women in bunny costumes, has died at age 91.WATCH

Words like “legend” and “icon” were used to describe Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who died at the age of 91 this week. Personally, I’d rather use the words “disgusting”, “creep” and “predator”. Hefner and many other men preyed on the vulnerability of women for their personal, financial and sexual gain, and are immortalised.

This is despite the fact that women and feminism suffered under Hefner’s “celebrated” life and career. Even in death, he found a way to cosy up to a beautiful woman who, one could argue, died as a result of the troubles in her life, aged only 36. Yes, Hefner paid $75 000 to be buried in the crypt next to Marilyn Monroe. What nonsense is this, where a woman, even in death, is unable to escape a sleazy man who described her as “the ultimate blonde”?

Desperate for money at the time – Monroe was the first woman to feature on Playboy’s cover.

She later spoke about feeling uncomfortable about the images. While the magazine sold 50 000 copies, Monroe received just $50!

She wrote in her memoir: “I never even received a thank you from all those who made millions off a nude Marilyn photograph. I even had to buy a copy of the magazine to see myself in it.”

To allow Hefner to have his final resting place next to a woman he took advantage of is an insult to her memory. It continues the problematic culture that doesn’t protect women from men who have harmed them.

On the same day, in Mzansi, Kwaito artist Sipho “Brickz” Ndlovu appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court for pre-sentencing proceedings.

Ndlovu was found guilty of raping his 16-year-old niece.

Feelings of betrayal and shock engulfed women following the proceedings as his lawyer, Piet du Plessis, asked the court to be lenient with his client, a first offender who he said could be rehabilitated. He asked the court not to hand down a sentence merely to satisfy the demands of society.

The big blow was when he dared to say that the court should consider, in deciding on a sentence, the fact that there were no physical injuries on the victim’s body.

Never mind that this young woman’s life was altered by a man she considered a father figure. The defence didn’t see anything wrong with saying that the only injury the young woman sustained is that the “hymen was apparently removed”. And poor Brickz is already serving his punishment for disappointing his fans and destroying his musical career. That’s what this young woman’s trauma and body is worth.

In a statement read in court, the teenager said she hardly sleeps at night and that she will never be proud of herself again. Nor will she be able to trust anyone. I refuse to accept that the worth and sanity of women and their bodies will continue to be compared to the “legacy” of filthy predators.

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