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Playboy puts a man in lingerie on its cover and the MAGA crowd loses it, as they do

Bretman Rock in Playboy’s famous bunny suit

Playboy magazine, perhaps feeling a little starved for attention, decided to put a man in lingerie — the Playboy bunny suit — on the cover of its October issue. The man in question is “influencer” and former MTV star Bretman Rock, the first out gay man who’s appeared on a Playboy cover ever, looking a little bit fierce, if we’re still allowed to use that word.

History was made, and the histrionics were soon to follow. Fox News declared the cover to be a symptom of “culture rot” while a post on the Louder With Crowder website worried that the cover pic would confuse the heck out of “teenage boys discovering Playboy for the first time.”

Naturally, the right-wing mob had some thoughts on the matter as well, which they spelled out in Tweets bristling with all their favorite buzzwords.

ir crankypants
@kingcrankypants
Replying to 
@Playboy
 and 
@bretmanrock
Can't wait to see what your few remaining customers think of having this repulsive degeneracy rammed down their throats. Pun intended. But losing your customer base is worth it as long as a few deranged deviants tweet "YAAAS QUEEN" for the next 5 min then forget about you, right?

Dantes Inferno
@atrasz
Replying to 
@Playboy
 and 
@bretmanrock
Give me a break. No one who reads Playboy wants this mentally ill degenerate on the cover.
The_NPP
@NPPSA
@PlayboyTV
 Male Bunny??? Playboy is about to find out: Go woke, Go broke. Already a negative income venture, this should put a BIG hole in the brand. As I clean the vomit from my keyboard, I am erasing knowledge of Playboy's existence for the last 20 years from my mind. Oh well.
Lawrence Fearon
@LawrenceFearon6
Replying to 
@NBCNews
I'm not even conservative and find this repulsive.  The last thing straight men want to see is a male playboy bunny. We come here to see the beautiful women not men. 
@PlayboyTV
  is now irrelevant to straight men.

One commenter professed to have knowledge of every other man’s masturbatory habits.

Abnpfdr99
@ABNPFDR99
Replying to 
@Playboy
 and 
@bretmanrock
Ain't nobody pulling their pud to some dude..Even the Younger audience they are targeting don't engage their dick beaters to no dude..Just doesn't happen. F R U I T C A K E S

This “doctor” thinks the Playboy cover is a symptom of the emasculinization of America.

This lady worried about the evil GAY NARRATIVE!!!1!

This fellow was just a little bit sad. And, allegedly, bored.

Kung-Flu Fighter
@TakeHowWithYou
Replying to 
@Playboy
 and 
@bretmanrock
Playboy was: An iconic rite of passage, a celebration of just how attractive women are to men, naughty, rebellious, fun.

Playboy now: Another ubiquitous, carbon copy, woke hymnal exactly like literally every other cog in the pop culture SJW machine. Sad and boring.

Meanwhile, this fellow wondered if he has somehow gotten stuck in the Matrix.

Some were a little confused about Mr. Rock’s gender.

One commenter managed to work James Bond into th mix.

MonkDegen
@MonkDegenerate
They destroyed Playboy.

They will try to destroy James Bond. BUT, Bond is a much more valuable brand with a much more powerful marketing vehicle (clothes, cars, liquor, gadgets). They may not succeed.

But the strangest response I’ve seen so far came from the Gender Critical forum on Reddit-clone Ovarit, where one observer was actually cheering for the cover picture, apparently thinking it would offend “male perverts” and possibly trans people. Or something like that; you figure it out.

[–] NoOneSpecial 14 points (+15|-1) 5 hours ago Edited 1 hour ago
This is great! All the male perverts still buying Playboy in the year of 2021 (who only know fully well who a woman is when they can objectify and sexually coerce her) are going to be RHEEEEEEEEE-ing all over the interwebs. When they crafted their grand plans of stealing jobs from women, I don’t think these were the types of jobs they planned on giving to men.

Looks like there are a few “kinks” (pun intended ;)) in their MR activism. You get what you fucking deserve.

As they would put it, “THIS IS WHAT THE MENINISTS ASKED FOR!!!!1!!!”

I feel a bit dizzy after reading that. The culture war is weird enough without the TERFs poking their noses in it.

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Alan Robertshaw
7 months ago

Some friends linked this to me. Sort of animal related; but thought people might find amusing; or disconcerting. It’s a fine line.

Someone offered $1,000,000 donation to troops if Trump did Veganuary. But according to the new whistleblower book, he wasn’t keen.

“No, no. It messes with your body chemistry, your brain,” Trump said of a vegan diet, according to Grisham. “And if I lose even one brain cell, we’re fucked.”

Phew, thank goodness he remained a ‘stable genius’, otherwise who knows what might have happened.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-said-going-vegan-messes-with-your-body-chemistry-book-2021-10?r=US&IR=T

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
7 months ago

Have some sympathy for the poor man! “Give up one brain cell” is a much bigger ask when the one being asked only has one …

RICHARD IAN WILDE
RICHARD IAN WILDE
7 months ago

Playboy’s “Cocktober” issue is another example of the stereotyping of gay men. A big Fail in my book. I’m a gay man, but this cover is disgusting.

RICHARD IAN WILDE
RICHARD IAN WILDE
7 months ago

…another thing. I don’t normally speak up for straight guys, but you’re losing your sex freedoms to those who tell you that your bad.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months ago

I think they actually tried this sort of thing in the ill-fated Playgirl. As you can guess, it was mostly for straight women, which is probably why it didn’t work out. If only they had considered the possibility of marketing it to gay men…

Natsume
Natsume
7 months ago

@ Anonymous

While playgirl is marketed to straight women, they’ve never been the demographic who buys it most. That’s gay men and it’s pretty much an open secret since Playgirl’s inception. Mostly because straight women tend to prefer erotic literature over porn. Partly because of how women process information, a very small part at that. Mostly because it’s more socially acceptable.

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
7 months ago

Partly because of how women process information

I am deeply skeptical of all such gender/sex-essentialist claims. I suspect there’s very little actual difference between the brains of men and women, at least initially, before they are shaped by social experiences and expectations. If humans had any significant degree of brain dimorphism I doubt there’d be trans and nonbinary people. That there are indicates that, brain-wise, “anyone can be anything”, or near-to. Most of gender and sex linked mental traits are likely set during “critical windows” in childhood, analogous to the language-learning window. There may be such windows for every aspect of social cognition, with language and role-performance being just two of those (and roles in most societies being influenced, and sometimes rigidly determined, by gender; it would be interesting to see data from a society like India with a strong caste-determined aspect to accepted roles, or from one that pretty much ignores gender).

epitome of incomrepehensibility

@Surplus – Same with the skepticism. It does seem that different hormone distributions might lead to some brain differences (measured through averages of lots of people), but that doesn’t translate to All Men Are Like This and All Women Are Like That. Or that the differences are that huge in the first place.

And of course experience will affect how the brain processes things.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
7 months ago

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine, who is a neuroscientist is a great book debunking the myth of the male brain and female brain.

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