The announcement of Hugh Hefner’s death on Wednesday sparked a wide range of emotions from those who knew the controversial figure personally and those who just read the articles of Playboy magazine.
Hefner was known for being the publishing phenomenon behind Playboy and the sexual revolutionary behind a hedonistic lifestyle. While many celebrated their positive thoughts about Hefner and their times at the mansion, others are calling attention to his alleged treatment of the many women that lived with him and the negative role Playboy might have played in culture.
Folks like Kim Kardashian, Larry King, Gene Simmons, Diddy and more have shared throwback images of the man and their condolences.
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner’s definition of obscenity:
“Racism, war, bigotry, but sex itself, no. What a sad cold world this would be if we weren’t sexual beings…I mean, that’s the heart of who we are.”
— bob saget (@bobsaget) September 28, 2017
Meanwhile others, including various writers and Wonder Woman director Joss Whedon, have spoken up about the complicated man and his knack for objectifying women and perpetuating the ‘male gaze’ culture.
Wait, is it possible Hugh Hefner did good AND bad things? But… But… *robot head explodes, humans escape from robot hot tub*
— Joss Whedon (@joss) September 28, 2017
The amount of people treating a porn mogul as some kind of civil rights leader who ’empowered women’ online rn is gonna make me barf
— Meghan Murphy (@MeghanEMurphy) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner is rightly remembered for rebelling against right wing moralism before most people, but please don’t forget he treated women like garbage to do it.
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) September 28, 2017