Twitter Community Defeats Playboy Hate List

This is a draft of a summation piece that I’m writing for Politics Daily.

Twitter, the emerging social networking service that has the journalism world all a-itself, slew a print dragon earlier this week.  The viral power of Twitter networking bent Playboy magazine to its will.

On Monday, Playboy magazine published a story on its website called “10 Conservative Women We Hate to Love.”  In the body of the story, however, the writer explained that he wanted to “hate (expletive” these women, and assigned each of them a “Hate (expletive) Rating.”

I found out about it via Twitter, when one of the women on the list, Amanda Carpenter, sent a tweet (a public message) about it.  I contacted Amanda, and wrote a story about it.  That story was quickly forwarded to thousands of Twitter users, along with urgings to boycott Playboy.  The pressure mounted, and by late afternoon, Playboy had pulled the piece.  You can still see screenshots of it here.

Twitter flexed its muscle again when Politico took down a sanitized version of the list at the urging of many Twitter users.

Another member of Playboy’s list, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, spoke out about it on The View yesterday:

This is either good news or bad news, depending on your point of view.  In this case, I would strongly disagree with those who try to cast this as censorship, or chilling free speech.  Obviously, Playboy made a business decision that the article’s inflammatory nature outweighed its quality as literature.

What sets this article apart is not the sexism.  As some have pointed out, this is to be expected from Playboy.  The problem here was the violence and degradation in the piece, and the fact that these women were targeted specifically for their political beliefs.

There aren’t many quotes I can clean up for publication, but of Mary Katherine Ham, the author writes “This Ham ain’t kosher.”  After establishing that she’s a filthy pig, he says “You get this one pregnant, she stays pregnant.”  Not quite “It puts the lotion in the basket,” but close.

Mary Katherine appeared on Fox News’ Redeye to talk about it, and handled it with grace and humor:

Still, for many, this was no laughing matter.  Media Lizzy connects the dots between the violent sexual aggression and the personal degradation, and tears away the fig leaf that this list involves consent.  While some might think she’s making a leap, it is hard to imagine Elisabeth Hasselbeck, for example, not feeling a real sense of violation upon reading this.

So, yes, this is a free country.  A country where people are free to speak, and where others are free to voice their strong disagreement.  This case is a great example of both, and a showcase for Twitter as a means to amplify the voices of the aggrieved.

9 Comments

  1. Because it’s Playboy. There’s far worse speech existing on the net on a daily basis that no one bothers with because it’s not Playboy. And I mean on fairly popular right wing sites.

  2. Uhmmm, Uhh…..
    Anybody else here wonder what sweet Lizzie looks like in the nude?
    i’m just saying….

  3. […] Make that “former” AOL News blogger. For whatever reason, Politics Daily has fired him. This comes on the heels of Christopher breaking a story about Playboy degrading all women – conservative or otherwise – in an abnormally sexist article targeting conservative women. Christopher’s piece, and the buzz it generated, resulted in Playboy pulling the piece (good for him, no?), but PoliticsDaily, in turn, pulled Christopher’s piece. […]

  4. […] He wrote, Playboy Magazine Officially Hates Women, Conservative or Otherwise.  Then, Playboy Violates Bro Code with Hate F**k List. And because Politico was stupid enough to post the list without READING the totality of it first, TOmmy laid the hammer down when: Politico Takes Down Light Touch Version of Playboy Hate F*** List.   Being a gentleman, and true hipster, he decided to celebrate political differences and great debate with a list of his own: Top Ten Conservative Women I Love to Love.   As this week continued to be driven by defining “hate f***” and what does and does not constitute rape, or consent… Twitter became a united, driving force.  Tommy captured the whole movement in Twitter Community Defeats Playboy Hate List.  […]

  5. Taking this as a right/left thing, rather than the hateful, rapist crap it is shows a person to be blinded by ideology. any way you look at this, the article was vulgar, rape fantasy diatribe loosely disguised as political humor

  6. […] Twitter defeats Playboy Posted on June 6, 2009 by freemenow Cross posted from Tommy Christopher’s Daily Dose Twitter Community Defeats Playboy Hate List […]

  7. .
    YEY Elizabeth! Conservative women are HOTter! But it’s not hard to imagine the justified ‘Liberal’ outrage if say, Hustler Magazine ran a disgusting parody where Rush, Hannity, Beck, Savage and Ann Coulter gang-rape and tickle-torture Katie Couric, the PIAPS, and then Nancy Pelosi.

    Imagine. The outrage would last for months in the MSM. There would be calls for firings and boycotts. NOW would be apoplectic. Poor little outraged, hypocritical Libs.
    :)

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    joke about raping women

    if they are conservative
    EVIL freedom lovers…

    .
    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    sex is the height of evil

    so is photography
    but not pornography

    .
    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    always rape women…

    who are conservative
    they’re just gender traitors
    .

  8. […] reaction to the Playboy story was even swifter.  Tommy’s Twitter Community Defeats Playboy Hate List has a summary of the early success: I found out about it via Twitter, when one of the women on the […]

  9. […] the Playboy article was published, Christopher slammed it in a post on his blog.  He then further pursued the story, part of which consisted of his wondering why there was so little outcry over it from his […]


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