Following Hugh Hefner’s Death, People Are Divided Over His Legacy

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“He created a private playground for predators”

Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, died Wednesday night, and a lot of people have mixed emotions. While Hefner was the face of a sex-positive movement,

, abortion rights, and civil rights in the '60s, he was also the man behind arguably one of the most anti-feminist publications in history, and has even been accused of helping Bill Cosby drug and sexually assault a teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion.

After his death, critics and fans of Hefner shared their feelings about his passing and controversial legacy. 

"RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner!" Kim Kardashian West tweeted. "I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed!"

"He created a private playground for predators and conflated male desire with social freedom," development executive at Viceland, Tracie Egan Morrissey, wrote on Instagram. 

"If you don't know what Hugh Hefner did for civil rights in the '60s, you should take [the] opportunity now to learn," someone wrote. 

"It's also fair to say Hugh Hefner was a huge enabler of our current culture of toxic masculinity, even if, perhaps, unintentionally," writer Charles Clymer tweeted. 

"Hugh Hefner was a GIANT in publishing, journalism, free speech & civil rights," Larry King wrote. "He was a true original, and he was my friend. Rest well Hef."

"Hugh Hefner was not great," someone wrote. "Hugh Hefner was a sleazeball who made millions from the objectification of women. How can anyone celebrate him?"

A lot of people acknowledged the complexity of Hefner's legacy and how it's not black and white. 

"Hugh Hefner is rightly remembered for rebelling against right wing moralism before most people, but please don't forget he treated women like garbage to do it," author Jessica Valenti tweeted. 

Some people made jokes after Hefner's passing, which he probably would've appreciated. 


"I just hope Hugh Hefner didn't die doing what he loved, because that would have traumatized at least one poor young woman," Last Week Tonight writer Josh Gondelman wrote. 


"As per his wishes, Hugh Hefner’s body will be left in a fort in the woods for other kids to find & pass around," comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted. 

While some things Hefner did are unforgivable and others deserve praise, screenwriter Joss Whedon summed it up nicely:

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.