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Hugh Hefner – Hegemon, Hedonist…Our Fucking Hero!

Hugh Hefner – Hegemon, Hedonist…Our Fucking Hero!

Obituary – Hugh Hefner (1926-2017)

Icon, iconoclast, dream weaver and cultural achiever, Hef died at the age of 91. He was a gentleman hedonist and real-deal feminist!

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

“Women have traditionally been either put on pedestals or damned as the source of all sexual temptation and sin. These are two sides of the same coin, since both place women in a nonhuman role. Playboy has opposed these warped sexual values and, in so doing, helped women step down from their pedestals and enjoy their natural sexuality as much as men.”

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

Hugh Marston Hefner was born in the rip-roaring 20s, an era of extremeties, ultra-decadence, American cultural edge (flappers, jazz, art Deco) and lifestyle upheavals. It’s no wonder he had a proclivity for febrile parties, flagrant promiscuity and bashes that would make even the Great Gatsby blush.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

An individual who constantly courted controversy, so much so that it became his raison d’être, Hefner launched Playboy mag from the auspices of his own home back in 1953 – a cover that has been seared into our culture’s psyche, featuring a then under the radar star named Marilyn Monroe. An iconoclastic endeavor that engendered shock and awe – with religious groups railing against the newly minted mag’s sexed up content and the US Postal Service refusing to deliver subscriptions – the Hef caused ructions in American culture and ushered in a revolution that spread across the entire world.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

Challenging the sexual mores of the day through racy photography and thoughtful, heterodox opinion pieces, he poked and prodded the intelligentsia and cultural class: writers John Updike, Ian Fleming, Ray Bradbury, Ayn Rand and Jack Kerouac became firebrand contributors, penning thought-provoking op-eds and essays unlike any other rags out there. During America’s roiling civil rights movement, Hugh Hefner did his part to critique and transcend racial injustice: he featured a black model (Darine Stern) on the cover of Playboy; he included provocative Q&As with black activists Malcolm X and Martin Luther King; and in his TV segment ‘Playboy’s Penthouse’ he integrated blacks, whites and everyone else into the brand’s multi-cultural social mosaic and pluralistic identity.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

With Playboy covers ranging from Paris Hilton to Dolly Parton, a tender Kim Kardashian to Tyra Banks and Marge Simpson, Hef’s publishing platform has spawned countless stars, and ignited red-hot controversy and cultural commotion along the way. His progressive idealism and iconic bunny logo are celebrated around the world, and he paved the way for new media players and publishing rebels like VIVISXN, Big Brother, Dazed and other upstarts.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

Playboy isn’t just a magazine; it is a lifestyle, a movement, a perpetual motion machine and an empire. Hef was the ultimate emperor and quintessential disruptor, a heroic individual we can learn something from and grow. R.I.P., Hef!

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

Here are a few of his most inspiring quotes:

ON REVOLUTIONIZING SEX…

“SEX WAS A NATURAL PART OF LIFE, AND NICE GIRLS LIKE SEX, TOO. NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 1950S, THAT WAS A REVOLUTIONARY IDEA.”

ON THE MEANING OF LIFE…

“LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE LIVING SOMEBODY ELSE’S DREAM”

ON THE MEANING OF HIS LIFE…

“WELL, IF WE HADN’T HAD THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, THERE WOULD STILL BE AIRPLANES. IF THERE HADN’T BEEN AN EDISON, THERE WOULD STILL BE ELECTRIC LIGHTS. AND IF THERE HADN’T BEEN A HEFNER, WE’D STILL HAVE SEX. BUT MAYBE WE WOULDN’T BE ENJOYING IT AS MUCH.”

ON BREAKING BOUNDARIES…

“I COURTED CONTROVERSY, OBVIOUSLY. I WOULDN’T HAVE STARTED PLAYBOY IF I WAS AFRAID OF IT. I THINK CONTROVERSY IS THE WAY YOU CHANGE THINGS.”

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

ON WORLD AFFAIRS…

“THE MAJOR CIVILIZING FORCE IN THE WORLD IS NOT RELIGION, IT IS SEX.”

ON STYLE…

“I HAVE ABOUT 100 PAIRS OF PYJAMAS. I LIKE TO SEE PEOPLE DRESSED COMFORTABLY.”

ON BODY TYPES…

“ALL WOMEN ARE SEXY IN THEIR OWN RIGHT.”

ON HIS UPBRINGING…

“MY FOLKS ARE PURITAN. MY FOLKS ARE PROHIBITIONISTS. THERE WAS NO DRINKING IN MY HOME. NO DISCUSSION OF SEX. AND I THINK I SAW THE HURTFUL AND HYPOCRITICAL SIDE OF THAT FROM VERY EARLY ON.”

ON HOW TO GET GIRLS…

“MY BEST PICK UP LINE IS ‘MY NAME IS HUGH HEFNER'”

ON HIS LEGACY…

“I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT I WILL BE REMEMBERED AS SOMEONE WHO HAD SOME POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE SOCIOSEXUAL VALUES OF HIS TIME. AND I THINK I’M SECURE AND HAPPY IN THAT.”

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hugh Hefner, AKA ‘The Hef’ - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | VIVISXN specializes in cutting-edge trend forecasting and predictive analytics for art and fashion using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and RECURSIVE NEURAL NETWORKS in TensorFlow | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | VIVISXN Python and TensorFlow, Deep Learning, AI and ART | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | The Hef - Icon - Iconoclast - Dream-Weaver and Cultural Disruptor died at the age of 91.

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