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The article, Model shrugs off Indonesian protests of `Playboy' launch caught my eye this morning. It is about the furor that the first Indonesian edition of Playboy is causing, from the point of view of Guess girl, Amber Chia, who posed for the controversial issue. Well, it's not really about the furor, it's more of a, "shucks, I don't see what all the fuss is about" piece.
The Star daily said Chia was slightly bemused at the controversy and protests by Islamic leaders in Indonesia following the release last Friday of a toned-down edition of Playboy. Although it contained no nude pictures, the protesters said the publication was a form of moral terrorism.The main thrust of the article is that her mother and father don't think it's a big deal, her boyfriend has given his permission, and it is a toned down edition of Playboy, so what's the fuss?
"I didn't think it would generate that much interest. In fact, I am so proud to appear in the first issue of Indonesia Playboy as the eight pages of photos were tasteful, stylish and sensuous, but not pornographic," Chia was quoted as saying.
Her website, Amber Chia.com, is subtitled, All About The Timeless Beauty (her capitalization), so I suppose I shouldn't expect much in the way of critical thought. She does seem to pose a lot more fluidly than me, and is frankly quite a lot better looking in a teddy than I'll will be.
In her article Obscene Profits, about the Economics of pornography, Emily Farmer quotes Eric Schlosser,
"There is something quintessentially American about it: the heady mix of sex and money, the fortune quickly made and lost, the new identities assumed and then discarded, the public condemnations of a private obsession"
In the last paragraph she reasons,
"As long as a huge demand exists for pornography, the industry will continue supplying it. Like it or not, pornography has become a major part of America's culture and the drive behind a new breed of businessmen."
Is this part of American culture welcome in Indonesia? Are Indonesians ready for their own Playboy; a magazine that is the cleaner tip of a fairly seedy world? But then, was Baghdad ready for Burger King, or was Afghanistan ready for Starbucks?
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"Is Iran ready for its own McDonald's?"
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