PUBLIC OPINION > Keep Men Off the Cover of 'Playboy'
SodaHead Celebs 2012/03/15 22:24:02
This month, Bruno Mars became the tenth man ever to grace the cover of Playboy. It's an old, though rare, tradition for male celebrities -- playboys, if you will -- to occasionally pop up on the cover. Peter Sellers was the first, in 1964, and since then Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Dan Aykroyd, Seth Rogan, Gene Simmons, Donald Trump, Burt Reynolds, and Leslie Nielsen have been featured. In most cases, it's clearly meant to be at least a little bit humorous, but in the case of Bruno Mars there's no humor to it at all. We asked the public if Playboy should even entertain the idea of featuring men on the cover.
Now, not everyone reads Playboy, so obviously not everyone who votes is going to have a vested interest in who ends up on the cover. But even then, nearly two-thirds of respondents could see that it's kind of ridiculous. The fact that it's so rare in the first place suggests the magazine's reader base is clearly not interested in male-fronted magazines. One commenter wrote, "Dudes should not be on the Playboy cover! It totally wrecks the purpose of lookin' at hot chicks!" However, some "No" voters did admit that it's more acceptable as long as there's a scantily-clad woman by his side, and that has always been the case.
Men Won't Have It
Since the magazine is made for men, it's not surprising that men were significantly more opposed to it. They were the most vocal in comments, explaining that it's completely unnecessary and kind of kills the mood. Women were indifferent, voting about 50-50.
Gays Don't Mind
This might be a little on the obvious side, but out of every demographic in every category, gay and lesbian voters were most likely to support the idea of including a man on the cover. Though, to be fair, the LGBT community probably isn't the magazine's primary audience.
Alright If You're in a Relationship
Relationship status had a surprising correlation with the results. While single and married voters agreed it was bad practice (35% and 31% respectively), voters who were in an unmarried relationship were far more accepting of the idea.
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