In fact there were reports today of entirely unexpected complaints: that after all the fuss, Playboy was a let-down. On sale at 39,000 rupiah (about £2.50), the magazine costs twice the average daily wage in Indonesia, and disappointed buyers called Jakarta’s 68H radio station to say they had expected more.
"It’s sinful to read Playboy if there’s no nudity!" said one caller.
"It’s a scandal! There’s no nude women in the magazine. I think we have been deceived," said another.
You won't see bare-breasted women in Playboy's Philippine edition that hits newsstands next week, but the mag does promise "anything under the son of interest to men."
The magazine is treading softly, after the editor of its Playboy Indonesia faced charges of violating indecency laws. Though he was acquitted, rock-throwing protesters in the populous Muslim nation expressed their outrage.
When asked how much skin the mag would show, Spokesman Beting Laygo Dolar told the Associated Press, "Maybe one nipple."
Robert Basler finds it odd and humorous in his article "Philippines Playboy, sent in a Manila wrapper?" to quote:
Now, you take Playboy magazine. It’s about to launch a Philippines edition, and who are they aiming at? “Mature men who like well-written articles…” That sounds about right. That cliché was around when I was a kid. We all wanted Playboy for the “articles,” whatever those were.
And there’s more. The editor of the new edition says he doesn’t want to be ashamed to show the magazine to his mom.
Yeah, how many times did I push open the old screen door and say, “Mom! I just got the new Playboy! Here, flip through this and see if you wanna read anything!” Of course she always did, and that evening we’d all have Jell-O by the fire, while Mama read Hef’s “Playboy Philosophy” out loud. Ah, good times.
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