“The View” Reacts To Hugh Hefner Death, Debates Legacy

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The View Hugh Hefner Death

By Shari Weiss |

The View Hugh Hefner Death


On Thursday’s “The View,” the co-hosts reacted to the death of Hugh Hefner and debated his legacy. As Gossip Cop reported, the Playboy founder died at the age of 91, it was announced late Wednesday. Watch the video below.

Hefner was beloved among many Hollywood stars, even as others viewed him as a misogynist. He started what would become a global enterprise with just $8,000. And in the hours since the announcement of his passing, dozens of celebrities have been reacting on social media. Now on the ABC talk show, Whoopi Goldberg said Hefner was a “trailblazer,” but “also divisive to some folks,” as some thought he “empowered” women, while others said he “exploited them.”

“I didn’t know him, but from afar, I did feel like it was exploitive,” Sunny Hostin admitted. She cited a Gloria Steinem essay about mistreatment of women at The Playboy Club, saying, “It made me uncomfortable.” Commented Joy Behar, “He was a mixed bag. He was very progressive politics[-wise], against all kinds of racism. He was good with that. But with women, let’s put it this way: Gloria Steinem’s not going to read his eulogy.”

Sara Haines noted, “People always joke about the articles were good. They were amazing writers… There were some really good articles, not that I ever saw any of it.” She added, “But I do think he was a pioneer, and I always applaud someone that kinda busts a new lane in the road.” Behar said, “He hired women, but he also exploited women, he objectified women… Kim Kardashian would not be among us without Hugh Hefner setting the tone back in the 50s, because it’s been progressively more and more sex.”

“If we think of it that way, didn’t he empower women?” asked Goldberg. “Because he didn’t force anyone to work in the club… Women came in, made their own money.” Haines also said there was an “iconic status to that brand” that helped women, but Hostin countered, “I don’t agree with that.” Behar said women were “willing victims” and “willing players,” but Goldberg didn’t fault any of the participants. “If a woman decides she’s going to take her destiny in her own hands, that’s empowering to me. I don’t have to love how she does it,” she argued, adding, “If this is what you’re choosing and nobody’s forcing you, then I’m good with you.”

She then suggested, “Why don’t we see if we can get some Bunnies and invite them on?” Hostin was game, saying, “I would like to understand more.” Check out the video below. NOTE: The video is no longer available.

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