Friday, October 9, 2009

WooHoo! Playboy Announces Marge Simpson in next issue. Kids, go to your room..

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This week Playboy announced another first. Their November cover girl is going to be a celebrity. A yellow one. (She's actually yellow.) Marge Simpson of 'The Simpsons' will be on the cover and featured in a pictorial as well. The announcement of this on Friday sent nerds and fans a buzzing. So much so that for much of the day on Friday both "Marge Simpson" and "Playboy" were trending topics on Twitter for the day. For those that have no idea what I'm talking about, in a nutshell, when something trends on Twitter it means that at that moment hundreds of thousands of people are currently commenting/tweeting about any given subject. Everything from Obama, equal rights, to Miley quitting Twitter the topics change at any second. Well on Friday Playboy HQ in Chicago went nutty seeing this happen (rightfully so), and Simpsons fans went equally as nutty. But what exactly should we expect in this issue? According to MSNBC and Playboy's editorial director James Jellinek:

“It’s very, very racy.”

But he stressed that the mother of three — the youngest a baby, by the way — has a lot to be proud of.

While having an animated character on the cover is a first for the magazine, this is not the first time they've had animated characters in a photo spread. Since 2004 they have featured females from popular video games in their annual 'Girls of Gaming' spread. So in helping celebrate The Simpsons 20th anniversary (wow, 20 years) they have asked Marge to grace the cover. And in another turn of brilliance, the cover is a replica of the October 1971 cover with Darine Stern, who was the first black woman to be on the cover. Much like that cover can be seen as a collectors issue, the same can be said for the upcoming Marge-centric issue. Here's the thing, if you are a subscriber you'll definitely have the pictorial, but she's not going to be on the cover. Nope. If you want that version you'll have to head out to a newsstand. It's a smart move. Collectors are a breed that will line up for lint if they knew it was something they could not only re-sell but be able to brag about. In this age of Kindles and iPhones, magazine and newspaper sales are going down. By making this move, it may get people to go out and buy something (and yes, maybe even talk to people in person). I'm sure very soon groups will be debating how this is going to ruin society and our kids will be in danger and how dare they and the world will end because of this. To them we say, get a life. It's just a magazine! "Yeah, but they are deliberately enticing kids to blah blah blah blah..." ItalicIt's a drawing! If you are angry over a nude drawing in a magazine, well..I hope your kid finds it hidden in your drawer and then asks you about it at church. Because that would be funny, and funny trumps anything you want to argue about.

Now I just have to wonder, if I take that issue to Universal Studios, will Marge sign it for me in front of The Simpsons Ride?

(If you are 18 or older, take the jump to Playboy's official site to read a little more about the November issue.)

News POPped by Jungle Jesse

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