Playboy Indonesia and Two Contradictory Opinion

There are two interesting contradictory responses regarding the second edition of Playboy Indonesia which was released from its new office in Bali. Budi Putra thinks that the second issue is “skinner”:

The edition, which hit newsstands across the country on Wednesday, offers bolder content than the first.

The first issue on April 7 was a tame affair by the standards of the U.S. original, with less flesh visible than on many beaches, including those on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, or than in many magazines already for sale in the country.

On why Playboy faces strong opposition in Indonesia:

Even so, the power of the Playboy name as the iconic symbol of relaxed Western attitudes toward sex drew strong opposition in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

Rendy Maulana, on the other hand, feels the other way. He said he feels lucky to get the second edition and in his opinion nothing pornographic at all in it, at least compared to some other magazines like Maxim and FHM which are available in Indonesia much earlier and without any reaping any controversy.

He even feels sorry to those Playboy Indonesia's editorial boards who have to shift their office and even do not dare displaying ads out of fear to the Muslim radicals’ threats.

Rendy Maulana and many of his blog's commenters seems to be representing the opinion of Indonesian younger generation who support the full-fledge freedom
than, say, Budi Putra whose opinion is able to wisely see the root cause behind the controversy from the international context.


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