With the debut of NBC’s primetime series “The Playboy Club” this week, the network and parent company, Comcast, is celebrating the boorish and misogynistic behavior so prevalent in Playboy Clubs and the Playboy Magazine from their beginnings. Unfortunately, this is not the first show that depicts poor moral standards and I”m sure it will not be the last. The question is will Christians stand AGAINST this type of programing and give a clear message to the networks that these types of images that are illustrated to demolish the family structure will not be tolerated? Or, will we continue to blurr the lines and watch under the illusion of entertainment?
Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand AGAINST the devil’s schemes Eph 6:11
Patrick A. Trueman, President of Morality in Media says:
Too many women have had their marriages destroyed because their men have been more married to porn than to them. They won’t watch. Too many parents have seen first hand the devastation that porn has inflicted on their children. They won’t be entertained. Playboy and porn have taken their toll on society, and NBC/Comcast is late to the party. The celebration is over.
The Playboy philosophy, that females are mere sex objects to be used, abused, and discarded, and an “if it feels good do it” attitude toward sex may have succeeded in dominating our culture for a time, but now a growing and vocal public is warring against it. In choosing to air “The Playboy Club”, NBC/Comcast is betting on the prurient for profits; they may have an audience, but any commercial sponsor will be boycotted. An army — ranging from family-focused organizations to feminists– has assembled against it. Large grassroots groups like the Parents Television Council, American Family Association, and Morality in Media have rallied to make the sexual exploitation of “The Playboy Club” unprofitable for NBC/Comcast. Feminists such as Gloria Steinem, who speaks for millions, have condemned the show.
Morality in Media launched a special website for the effort to take a stand against the show, www.CloseTheClubOnNBC.com. There, readers will find the tools to join a great and growing army to fight against the “The Playboy Club.” What’s your stand?
Patrick A. Trueman is President of Morality in Media. He served as chief of the United States Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, Washington, D. C. from 1987 to 1993.