How historic is having an Indian woman in Playboy?
Share This Article:
So recently iconic men’s magazine Playboy announced that the cover of their November issue will be graced by Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra. Never heard of her? Don’t worry, you are not alone - in fact before this news spread even some of the people of India didn’t know who she was. Playboy, who have faced tough times over the past few years thanks to the ever growing popularity of free internet pornography, have branded Chopra as a "Bollywood Legend" stating that her cover on their magazine will be historic. As expected the western media have run with this nonsense, praising Chopra for her act of bravery due to the fact that Playboy and publications like it are banned in her native country, a nation whose ideology is heavily influenced by religion and patriarchy. As expected the Indian media aren’t so thrilled about Chopra’s nudity and do not want to be affiliated with it. "At a time when innocent women across the nation from Gujarat to Guwahati have been subjected to sexual abuse and humiliation, one wonders if Sherlyn Chopra's pictures wound a woman's integrity," writes blogger Gayatri Sankar. Normally I would be all for freedom of expression and people fighting to break the oppression that has been thrust upon them and their people by their society but I can’t help but question Chopra’s motives for this. It sounds to me that in this case, Chopra is not only exploiting her race, she is exploiting the woes of her nation in order to create a career for herself, and Playboy are more than happy to oblige if this ‘historic moment’ if it will shift magazines. As mentioned, before gracing the cover of Playboy, no one knew who Chopra was - including Playboy. She approached them in writing expressing her desperation to be featured in the men’s mag. The reason why no one knew or cared about who she was is because to date, she was nothing but a B-list actress who had been using her sex appeal to try to forge a lucrative career in the media for herself and until her Playboy cover and spread, her attempts have been somewhat futile.
- Article continues below...
- More stories you may like...
- Christopher Biggins and biphobia on Celebrity Big Brother
- 14 reasons why the 14 second rule is ridiculous
- Twitter, Tinder, and the problem of online