August 2nd, 2011
05:33 PM ET
“The Playboy Club” still has over a month to go before it premieres, but its cast and producers are already defending it.
The NBC show, featuring plenty of scantily-clad actresses, is about the women who worked at Hugh Hefner’s famous Chicago club as bunnies in the '60s. Critics (including The Parents Television Council) say the show is too sexual and is setting women back, reports E! Online.
But according to "The Hollywood Reporter," those involved with the series say that the controversy is misguided, because the show is actually about female empowerment.
“These women were using so much more than [their bodies],” cast member Naturi Naughton says. “It’s empowering, because these girls were smart, they’re going to school, they’re buying homes, property – things that show what women couldn’t do at the time, using resources and relying on themselves.”
The network also wants viewers to know that many former Playboy bunnies have gone on to great careers and noted a range of them, from journalist Barbara Walters and model Lauren Hutton to rock star Deborah Harry, at the Television Critics Association press tour.
“I have yet to meet an ex-bunny who is disgruntled about her experience,” notes one of the show’s stars, Amber Heard.
Judge for yourself when “The Playboy Club” premieres September 19 on NBC.
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