Our thoughts and prayers have continued to go out to those deeply affected by the passing of 91-year-old Playboy mogul and all-around legend, Hugh Hefner. In a sense, Hefner was responsible for awakening a sexual consciousness that has since continued to flourish on a global scale. His legacy will be not only be remembered, but honored in many mediums for years to come.
In the absence of any great light, which Hefner was to many, darkness has a way of slipping through the cracks. It can be said that not everyone felt the same level/type of grief following Hugh's death. His ex-girlfriend and former Playboy model, Holly Madison who has made it a point to reveal the more perverse elements of her experience with the late entrepreneur, being a prime example.
She began her tell-all media cleanse back in 2015 after penning the novel, Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. Having read the book, we can attest that it does not paint a positive picture of Hugh. Hell, it doesn't even a paint negative picture of Hugh. The memoir unequivocally labels Hugh Hefner as a sexual, viagra-dependent deviant living in a land of 20-year-old blonde women and dog sh*t. She describes stomach-turning orgies, harsh jealousies, and A LOT of unsuspecting young women. Holly writes:
"Back at the table, he leaned towards me with a bunch of large horse pills in his hands. ‘Would you like a Quaalude? Hef asked. ‘No thanks,’ I answered cheerfully. ‘I don’t do drugs.’ ‘That’s good, he said nonchalantly. ‘Usually I don’t approve, but in the Seventies they used to call these pills “thigh openers”.’ Today, I want to scream ‘PAUSE!’ and freeze frame that moment in late August 2001. I want to grab that young girl, shake her and demand: ‘What the hell are you thinking?’ Why didn’t I run for the nearest exit?"
Hefner's fondness of drugs and or, drugs being taken at the Playboy Mansion are hardly top secret facts. The more concerning aspect of Holly's description of course rests in the phrase "thigh openers." It's the implication the Hefner didn't always exhibit practices of consent with his female guests and that's not a legacy anyone wants to stand by, let alone champion. Holly continued:
"I was too naïve to realize it at the time, but Hef wanted to have us wallowing in our own insecurities and pawing for his acceptance. Girlfriends that didn’t get along gave him the feeling of being fought over and desired, something he was desperate to feel in his old age. I’d always been confident, but it didn’t take long for my self-worth to start to crumble. He was cruelly manipulative, happy to reduce me to tears. ‘Don’t ever wear red lipstick again,’ he once warned me in a low voice. ‘You look old, hard, and cheap.’"
As mentioned above, having read the novel these instances were particularly difficult to absorb. How could a man so keen on giving women a platform to express their sexuality be so callous? So petty? To that we say —the best we can hope for is that everyone involved in these instances is at peace. We hope Hefner is in a better place and that Madison has continued to live a prosperous life full of health, wealth, and happiness.
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