Imagine saying “Playboy has lost its moral compass?” Well, based on the evidence, it has. A year ago Playboy Magazine featured it’s first “transgender playmate.” And just this past month it featured DC Universe superhero actor Ezra Miller spreading his legs in fishnet tights and high-heels for the camera. You have to wonder if Hef is spinning in his grave.
Is this all part of a new social justice look Playboy is going for, or is this what men are more into these days? Heaven forbid it’s the latter, but either way, the artistic results are certainly off-putting. View at your own risk.
Miller, the Flash in DC’s Justice League and now a cast fixture in the expanded Harry Potter cinematic universe, posed seductively and waxed provocatively about his career and upbringing. Apart from talking about his upcoming roles and #Metoo politics, Miller detailed the creative and erotic experiences that have molded him into his current form of gender-bending “artist.”
Taking a trip down memory lane, Miller regaled Playboy with tales of his “first sex dream” and his first homosexual inclinations that began in kindergarten. He also offered the explicit details of a prolonged sexual relationship with another boy in grade school. For those of us who are more traditional in our sexual perspectives, the details Ezra felt free to discuss were disturbing and definitely out there, however he touted many of them as “tantalizing and wonderful.”
Homosexual encounters aside, DC’s twinkiest hero insisted that he loves both men and women. The variety of encounters he has had over the years has contributed to his new and innovative relationship orientation — something he calls the “polycule.” Claiming that it’s a “portmanteau of polyamorous and molecule,” Miller explained that he’s just not the monogamous type and is more geared toward having multiple partners exist as part of some sexual conglomerate. He explained:
I’m trying to find queer beings who understand me as a queer being off the bat, who I make almost a familial connection with, and I feel like I’m married to them 25 lifetimes ago from the moment we meet. And then they are in the squad—the polycule. And I know they’re going to love everyone else in the polycule because we’re in the polycule, and we love each other so much.
He then went to talk about tantric sex and his exposure to the Kama Sutra at a young age, because of course that comes with the territory.
Look to each his own, but for magazines to pass this off as a normal thing shows how bleak society has become. This is disheartening especially when the interview reads as though it’s Miller’s subtle cry for help. Of course he sees his current state as a liberation, but mentions that along with all the early sexual exploration, his upbringing brought pain and suffering, being marked by bad relationships and other abuses.
Miller reportedly cried when talking about experiencing “a lot of heartbreak” from past relationships, to the point where “he has abandoned trying to find his perfect romantic partner, deciding that monogamy isn’t for him.” He talked about contemplating suicide, having lived through “abuse” “starting from an early age.” He was even self-aware enough to call out pre-MeToo Hollywood’s “racist, sexist, rape-culture” which he even claimed to have experienced firsthand.
This all seems more sad than it is sexually invigorating. If anything though the #Metoo point is an interesting one, considering that it may be the reason why Playboy has opted for this recent spate of “woke” content, instead of its usual husky chauvinistic portrayals. But one thing seems clear, if publishers want to combat the twisted world of the Hollywood “rape culture,” doubling down on the sexual oddities in their content is not the solution. And to think there was a time when we thought heterosexual porn was taboo.