We recently had a chance to watch Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, a documentary by Brigitte Berman about Hef’s controversial life. And while it’s a testament to the selling power of sex (you do see lots of ladies), the film also reveals what most people don’t know about the famous playboy: his passionate and influential position as an activist in the 1960s.
Have you ever seen Playboy’s Penthouse (1959) or Playboy After Dark (1969)? Both served as a platform for social change, for black artists and integrated acts to perform live on TV before integrated audiences. Hef also closed Playboy clubs in the South that refused to serve African Americans. He spoke out against the Vietnam war, abortion and he forever changed the cultural perception of women with Playboy. He also made working in a robe feel commonplace. So what if he has multiple wives/girlfriends, right?
A guy can do what a guy wants to do, especially if he’s Hugh Hefner. Check out the trailer for the film below, as well as lots of vintage Playboy covers and pics of Hef as a strapping editor. We think he’s brilliant.
(Playboy covers via Yeeeeee)