It baffles me and makes me wonder who at Playboy headquarters (aka the mansion) made the genius decision that the best country in the world to sell an internationally known pornographic magazine, would be Indonesia: the world’s most populous Muslim nation? I mean the magazine has 20 international editions; why choose Indonesia? Was it a joke? Or was it just a bad business decision? Or maybe a good one…
Either way this new ‘controversy’ (it seems) is turning Indonesia upside down according the media (who we can always trust). Angry mobs attacking the Playboy office in Jakarta, angry protests, magazines burnings, rocks thrown, windows breaking, chantings. And that was just the feminists! (I’m kidding)
But here’s the irony (if you want to call it that), only 300 people showed up for these protests (the country’s population is 245 million)
In fact not only did the magazine sell out (pun intended) but people re-sold their copies for 3 times the actual price ($4.3 dollars).
There was actually no nudity in the first edition…
Chamammah Soeratno, head of the women’s wing of major Muslim group Muhammadiyah, told Reuters Friday that “Everyone knows it’s a pornographic magazine. The first edition may not have any nudity. That’s a very clever move by the publishers.” [source]
In fact according to a Rueters report there is less skin in the Indonesian version then there was on the US version of Playboy 50 years ago! So basically Indonesia is now at a time in history where it’s cultural values are about 50 years behind the US. Great stuff.
Also, Playboy joins other publications such as Maxim and FHM on Indonesian news stands.
The publication is banned in Malaysia but top Malaysian model Amber Chia ‘graced’ the cover of the first edition in Indonesia. But here’s an interesting story: a 25-year-old Indonesian maid in Malaysia posed in her underwear for her female employer after being told she would be paid ($272). Of course she wasn’t. She couldn’t complain to the police since posing for nude photographs or taking nude photographs is illegal in the country. Apparently the employer was playing a joke on her.