Jenna Jameson is not happy with Playboy’s choice to feature its first ever transgender Playmate, the French model Ines Rau, in its November issue.
The former adult entertainer told Fox News, “I just think it’s a ridiculous attempt by Playboy to stay relevant. It is a foolish decision that alienates its consumer base.”
We unsuccessfully reached out to Playboy for comment. But Cooper Hefner, the son of late founder Hugh Hefner, told the New York Times: “It’s the right thing to do. We’re at a moment where gender roles are evolving.”
Jameson, 43, took to Twitter to voice her frustration with the legendary men’s entertainment brand.
Some followers expressed their dismay with Jameson’s Playmate perspective.
So @playboy just announced it will be featuring its first transgender playmate… 🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️
— Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) October 19, 2017
One user said, “So many LGBTQ people have been fans of you & actually looked up to you & your empire. That’s sad you would be so judgmental.”
Jameson replied to her former fan, “Just because Miss USA won’t let me compete (because I’m an ex pornstar) doesn’t mean they don’t love me 👌🏻I love my gay and trans peeps.”
Another echoed Jameson’s sentiments, “Playboy has women in it. Playgirl has men in it. The Boy Scouts have boys in it. The Girl Scouts have girls in it. Why is this so hard?”
Just because Miss USA won’t let me compete (because I’m an ex pornstar) doesn’t mean they don’t love me 👌🏻I love my gay and trans peeps https://t.co/FDm2SXrpds
— Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) October 20, 2017
The mother of two continued to defend her position.
“Just because I don’t agree with a trans person being in Playboy doesn’t mean I’m “transphobic” .People these days with all their “phobics” 🙄”
Meanwhile, Playboy posted one reader’s criticism on social media, likening it to mail they received in 1965 when they featured their first African-American Playmate.