Hugh Hefner's Son Rails Against the Decision to Ban Nudity in Playboy

Hugh Hefner's Son Cooper Rails Against Decision to Ban Nudity in Playboy
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02/11/2016 AT 11:25 AM EST

Hugh Hefner's son Cooper Hefner is frustrated with the decision to drop nudity from Playboy, which he says has put him at odds with the magazine's board.

"I've taken a massive step back with Playboy. Just due to that fact that at this point in time I do not agree with the decisions and direction the company is actually going in," Cooper told Business Insider.

Cooper, 24, says he was previously an international and domestic brand ambassador, but has been disinvited from board meetings.

"I was participating as a board observer, I sat and participated in every single board meeting," he explains. "I was essentially asked to no longer participate in the board meetings because I didn't agree with his vision for the company."



"You either sort of take a step back and say, 'Ok, I'm going to let this happen' or you try and do something about it, and I'm certainly trying to do something about it."

The magazine announced in October that it would eliminate its nude photo spreads, citing competition from porn sites online, and released its first non-nude issue this week.

"You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it's just passé at this juncture," Playboy CEO Scott Flanders had told the New York Times.



Cooper says he was there when the board made their decision to drop the nudity, which ended with the magazine's January/February issue featuring Pamela Anderson.

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"I was in the boardroom when the conversation was being had about whether we should go non-nude with the magazine as well as the company, and I didn't agree with the decision because I felt as though millennial and Gen-Y didn't view nudity as the issue," Cooper says. "The issue was the way in which the nudity and the girls were portrayed."

Cooper is also against the decision to put the Playboy mansion up for sale.

"It's challenging for me to talk about the decision that went into selling the house because I don't understand the logic," he says. "My concern is making sure that there is a company that people care about in 15 years."

Business Insider noted that Playboy declined to comment on Cooper's statements.
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