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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  • SW

    aqu durung ndelok majalah sing edisi loro….piye…yo…..
    btw edisi 1 karo 2 sepertinya mungkin masih standart banget….
    bila liat kedepan bisa jadi akan ada perubahaan
    its globalization ato kebablasan…..?
    kalo gw pikir, seperti2 itu blom sesuai dgn kultur kita.
    Ada plus and minusnya so mari kita melihat lebih jernih lagi….not only business….
    Bila lebih banyak minus….lets stop

  • […] 10/06/2006, Artikel ini dibahas di Global Voices Online dan News & Issues @ Look C oleh Mas Fatih. […]

  • […] Sudah banyak tulisan yang membahas tentang pro dan kontra edisi perdana Playboy. Edisi kedua ini dijamin akan semakin meningkatkan pro dan kontra tersebut. Namun yang akan dibahas di sini bukanlah tentang pertikaian pendapat itu. […]

  • ratih

    ikutan juga ahh…
    saya kasian banget sama majalah Playboy Indonesia, padahal kan ga ada porno-pornonya (kalo menurut saya)…emang terjadi diskriminasi nih, kenapa cuma Playboy yang di demo yach padahal majalah-majalah kayak gitu juga banyak kok, dijual bebas lagi !!!!
    Heran saya sama dunia saat ini…mendingan ganti nama aja kali ya, biar bisa terbit lagi….

  • doejho

    apaan tuh..ribut2

  • doejho

    lebih baik bahas yg dirumah ketimbang bahas yg begituan….
    capek woooeoooy

  • anda tidak setuju ? jangan dibeli,jangan dilihat,jangan dibaca,jangan disimpan ! BERES

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