Poland Playboy still has nudity. We are running so hard back toward puritanism in this country that it's not even funny.
And what's more, it's coming from the opposite side this time. The Religious Right's foe is achieving the very thing that the RR wanted, all in the name of social engineering.
PaFunkin' Please. The only thing Playboy is doing is trying to sell print. Anyone with an internet connection can see literally anything they type into Google. It has nothing to do with PC or social engineering, and everything to do with dollars. There's simply no interest in a straight up nudie mag anymore. That shit's free. For the modern day Playboy, it really needs to be about the articles. Ala Maxim.
I agree with Mr Blow. Playboy is like Howard Johnson, a well-established brand whose business model no longer worked. They were no longer making money as a nudie magazine, and nobody wants to just discard a brand with so much equity, so they decided to try something else to revitalize the brand. Will it work? They don't know, but they know that what they were doing before was NOT working. I'm sure if they were still raking in the dough with their old formula, there would still be plenty of bunnies, playmates and naked centerfolds, but those things just got quaint, culturally out-of-touch, and uncompetitive with the net. When that happened, it wiped out the bottom line.For the record, I don't think their brand repositioning will work, but watching the sales graph nosedive forever was not an option, nor was giving up one of the world's most recognizable brands. They had to change something, and they did.
If you absolutely MUST find a way to blame the radical left for Polish Playboy being viable while the US version isn't, maybe you could argue that all those year of economic stagnation under Soviet Communism have left most of its citizens without the web.
I subscribed to Playboy for a number of years. As the son of a professional photographer and an amateur photog myself, I appreciated not just the nudity, but the top quality models and photographic artistry. Then the first issue of the "new" Playboy arrived. It not only did away with nudity but also featured photos that looked like badly framed, poorly-lit, out-of-focus selfies. Even the magazine layout was like an unmade bed. Plus the cartoons were gone, humor apparently being too big a risk with the easily-offended Millennial target demo. I decided that was it. The editorial content had long swung way too far left for my taste; and now, even the graphics had gone south. Maybe they think "ugly and amateurish" is the in thing, but that wasn't what I was paying for all those years. I let my subscription lapse over six months ago, but they still keep sending it to me. I guess they want to tell advertisers that they still have subscribers, but I wonder if any of them are still paid subscribers.
I have not seen the new Playboy and with what creeder just described, I'm not sure I want to. I, too, have been at various times in my life a loyal subscriber to Playboy, but as Scoop (and Dylan) said, "the times, they are a changin'."