Morality in Media Calls on NBC to Halt Playboy TV Series

Jun 10, 2011 6:00 AM PST

WASHINGTON — Morality in Media says NBC is contributing to the sexual exploitation of women and encouraging greater acceptance of porn with its new series “The Playboy Club.”

Morality in Media, the lead organization in the War on Illegal Pornography Coalition, has launched a full-scale campaign to stop the show from being profitable.

“Since the ‘50s, Hugh Hefner and his Playboy Magazine has pushed a philosophy which dictated that, to the 'sophisticated man,' the female is a mere toy to be used, abused and discarded. That philosophy has inflicted unimaginable harm to our society,” said Patrick Trueman, president of Morality in Media.

He added that with NBC and the network’s use of public airwaves, Playboy “is poised to cause even more harm.”

Free Speech Coalition's Executive Director Diane Duke told XBIZ that Morality in Media shouldn't preech their values to others.

"It's unfortunate that Trueman and the folks at Morality in the Media insist upon imposing their puritanical values on the rest of us," Duke said.

"Clearly these folks haven’t taken the time to get to know any of the women they purport to be exploited.  As a long time feminist, I can tell you that the women in this industry are some of the most powerful women I have ever met.  Trueman insists that these performers are exploited because they don’t fit into the good-little-girl, patriarchal box they have set up for women.  Have you ever noticed that they never make these arguments about the men in the adult industry?  Hmmmmm."

"The Playboy Club," which centers around Playboy bunnies in the 1960s amid political and moral changes of the decade, will get the 10-11 p.m. Monday night timeslot in September, going head to head with CBS' top-rated drama "Hawaii Five-O," whose renewal hasn't yet been inked for the 2011-2012 TV season.

"The Playboy Club," is set in the famous Playboy nightclub chain and follows Nick Dalton (played by Eddie Cibrian), a mob-tied lawyer and man of the town, and Playboy Club waitress Maureen (played by Amber Heard).

The series is executive produced by Academy Award-winner Brian Grazer.

Playboy representatives did not immediately respond to XBIZ for comment by post time.

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