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Hugh Hefner’s youngest son slams Playboy CEO for nudity ban

11 February 2016 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – Hugh Henfer’s youngest son, 24-year-old Cooper Hefner, has spoken out regarding the nudity ban imposed by Playboy magazine’s CEO Scott Flanders.

In an interview with Business Insider, Cooper shared, that he was ousted from board meetings after he voiced out his opinion and disagreement regarding the editorial decisions for the publication.

Cooper shared, "I've taken a massive step back with Playboy. Just due to that fact that I do not agree with the decisions and direction the company is actually going in. I was essentially asked to no longer participate in the board meetings because I didn't agree with his vision for the company. You either sort of take a step back and say, ‘Ok, I'm going to let this happen' or you try and do something about it."

Cooper is not really a part of the board of members for Playboy and he only attends the meetings as a “board observer.”

Playboy recently announced in October that they will be doing away with nudity. This has marked the end of the nude covers of the magazine, which began back in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe. The company said in a statement last October that Playboy will continue to publish sexy and seductive pictorials with the most beautiful women in the world. The statement added, "The magazine will also remain committed to its award-winning mix of long-form journalism, interviews and fiction."

The nudity ban started for the March issue of the magazine. Although the magazine still shows women in provocative poses, they are no longer fully naked. Playboy has blamed the rise of digital porn for their decision to ban nudity.

Cooper also said in the interview that the changes taking place for the magazine is disrespectful to the legacy that his father has started. He added, “When you have a company and the founder is responsible for kick-starting the sexual revolution and then you pluck out that aspect of the company’s DNA by removing the nudity, it makes a lot of people including me sit and say, ‘What the hell is the company doing?’”

Cooper also recently tweeted that the magazine changes are sad. He also disagreed with the announcement that the Playboy mansion is up for sale.