Stop Press! First edition of Playboy out!
Wer’e not big fans of pornography here but Playboy is typical of one kind of porn that is fairly innocuous. I’m sure someone could make a case that, in general, soft porn leads one to harder things but it never happened to your scribe.
So with certain mixed feelings we look at the current minor brouhaha in Indonesia over the possible publication of a local version of Playboy magazine. Some Muslim groups have predictably, according to the Jakarta Post, reacted angrily.
The magazine will damage the morality of the nation.
said a spokesman of the “Majelis Mujahidin”, which translates as Holy Warriors’ Council, a group led by Abu Bakar Ba`asyir, who is currently in prison on terrorism charges.
The Indonesian businessman, Avianto Nugroho, who claims to have the rights to publish Playboy in Indonesia, said that it would be a toned down version of the original with no full nudity. There already exist a number of these magazines, Popular being the most well known, featuring awfully beautiful girls usually clad in swimsuits and with come-hither expressions on their faces.
Likely it’s the fact that Playboy is some sort of symbol of American, err, culture, that raises the most hackles.
It’s not only malevolent groups like Majelis Mujahidin that are opposed to the publishing of Playboy in Indonesia. Hasyim Muzadi, running-mate of Megawati in the last election and a leader of the moderate Nahdatul Ulama has plowed in with:
It will cause a lot of problems, it’s better it doesn’t happen.
A senior member of the House of Representatives, also, said that the magazine must be in accordance with the nation’s culture and the traditions of the east. He said the only form of nudity allowed under the law was a traditional or cultural kind such as among the bare-breasted women of Papua.
It now appears the magazine’s first issue will appear in two months.