Earlier today, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner passed away in his sleep aged 91, due to natural causes.
He became famous for being at the forefront of sexual liberation throughout the 1960s and 70s. He successfully built his empire and eventually retired to his world famous ‘Playboy Mansion’ in Beverley Hills, home to scores of beautiful models.
Whereas some saw him as a great campaigner for women’s rights, others saw him as a man who objectified the opposite sex. Wherever the Hef has been, controversy has followed. The obituaries on Twitter today tell a very familiar tale…
Many have praised him. Many have lamented what he stood for. However, the truth about Hef is that he stuck to his guns no matter what, in the face of intense public pressure from America’s repressive censorship.
Plenty of celebrities and former Playboy bunnies expressed their condolences. Ex-models and close friends paid tribute to his accomplishments
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
One of the nicest men I’ve ever known. Godspeed, Hugh Hefner. pic.twitter.com/457cchqskO
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) September 28, 2017
R.I.P Hugh Hefner …. the original Playboy will live forever .
— Tory Lanez #SWAVEY (@torylanez) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner spoke out for gay rights as early as 1955. In the ’60s, he published long-form interviews with Ali, Malcolm X, Dr. King…
— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) September 28, 2017
R.I.P Hugh Hefner. Never forget that Playboy championed birth control, equal pay ,abortion rights and women’s sexual freedom
— Kabenzi Snr ???? (@Tiniwana) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner didn’t have to use his magazine or status to push pro-LGBTQ sentiments into hetero men’s culture, but he did. RIP Hef.
— Molly Hodgdon (@Manglewood) September 28, 2017
However, Mr Hefner remained a divisive figure up until his death. Some Tweeters chose to voice the disapproval of his life and business choices.
Fair play to Hugh Hefner for being a shining beacon for creepy old pervs. They just don’t have any role models. #ifyoucantseeityoucantbeit
— Kelly Cates ❄️ (@KellyCates) September 28, 2017
Taking note of all the men idolising Hugh Hefner pic.twitter.com/qKEuRzgnvi
— lindy (@Lindyyay) September 28, 2017
We have his supporters and his detractors. But we also have those who are sending him off with humour. We’re sure it’s what Hugh would have wanted…
hugh hefner died on hump day, what a legend
— Boombox Cartel (@BoomboxCartel) September 28, 2017
News papers will have Hugh Hefner’s obituary in them, but I only read them for the articles.
— Stephen Pratt (@TheStephenPratt) September 28, 2017
Can anyone honestly stand up at Hugh Hefner’s funeral and say he’s gone to a better place?
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) September 28, 2017