New Playboy TV show makes ‘women’s empowerment’ claims
Comment on and summary of story from indieWIRE, August 2, 2011
Melissa Silverstein, a writer, blogger and social media marketing consultant, takes issue in this article with a new TV show about Playboy.
It can’t really be summarised so here are the first few paras to give you a flavour of it:
“I am so not buying the shit being shoveled out about how the new NBC show The Playboy Club is about women’s empowerment.
“I wish I were a good enough writer at this moment to pen one of the “really” segments that Amy Poehler and Seth Myers did on SNL’s Weekend Update, because that is how I feel about this.
“I know that they have to get women interested in watching the show because women are a prime TV demographic, but really, the Playboy Club about women’s empowerment? Not in my universe.
“There are many things that I can buy as women’s empowerment—a sports show (like we’ll ever see that), a show about lawyers, a show about doctors, etc. But a show about play bunnies? That’s pushing it.
“I just don’t see how a show that shows women being groped and working as bunnies—even if some amazing women did it in their time including Gloria Steinem— is about women’s empowerment.
“The way they have framed it, I’m not buying it. And that’s the key here. How you frame it. It’s a show about a certain time in this country.”
Definitely worth a read.