NBC’s upcoming series, set in Chicago’s legendary Playboy Club in the early 1960’s, likely isn’t going to have a lot in common with the subject of Gloria Steinem’s famous article. Steinem, who worked as a bunny in the club in 1963, wrote about a workplace rife with discrimination and harassment. She tells Reuters:
One of the things they had to change because of my expose was that they required all the Bunnies, who were just waitresses, to have an internal exam and a test for venereal disease.
In contrast, NBC describes the show as “a provocative new series about a time and place that challenged the social mores, where a visionary created an empire, and an icon changed American culture.” Basically, a big PR blow job for Hugh Hefner.
It’s too bad, because they had such rich source material to work with. A show based on the real life experiences of the staff and clients of the original Playboy Club would have been fascinating.
Instead, we get a bunny murdering a mafia boss with a high heel. Sigh.