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Gloria Steinem Doubts The Playboy Club Will Be Historically Accurate. And She Would Know.

NBC’s upcoming series, set in Chicago’s legendary Playboy Club in the early 1960′s, likely isn’t going to have a lot in common with the subject of Gloria Steinem‘s famous article. Steinem, who worked as a bunny in the club in 1963, wrote about a workplace rife with discrimination and harassment. She tells Reuters:

One of the things they had to change because of my expose was that they required all the Bunnies, who were just waitresses, to have an internal exam and a test for venereal disease.

Ewwwww.

In contrast, NBC describes the show as “a provocative new series about a time and place that challenged the social mores, where a visionary created an empire, and an icon changed American culture.” Basically, a big PR blow job for Hugh Hefner.

It’s too bad, because they had such rich source material to work with. A show based on the real life experiences of the staff and clients of the original Playboy Club would have been fascinating.

Instead, we get a bunny murdering a mafia boss with a high heel. Sigh.

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