A former Playboy bunny and San Francisco resident has come out against The City for its stance against a new television show.
The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women is calling on NBC to drop its new television series “The Playboy Club,” saying that it demeans women.
But a former Playboy bunny Sharron Long, who lives in San Francisco, says the criticism is unwarranted.
“I find the statements made by the San Francisco Commission utterly ridiculous,” Long said in an email. “I happen to have been fortunate enough to work as a Playboy bunny in the ’60s. For me it was a wonderful experience.”
Long, who was reached by phone Thursday on the beach in Santa Cruz, said she worked at a Playboy Club in both Kansas City and the island of Jamaica.
“It was a very good life,” she said. “I made good money.”
Long said that there were protections in place to prevent bunnies from being mistreated.
“You were not allowed to touch or hassle a bunny. If you did so you were escorted out of the club,” Long said in the email. “Although I can’t speak for each and every bunny, I can tell you that the life of a secretary (i.e. see the television series "Mad Men") or a stewardess (the new "Pan Am" television series) most probably involved a lot more sex than that of a Playboy bunny.”
Long said she eventually moved to San Francisco and began working at the Law Office of Melvin Belli, and then, inspired by “the entrepreneurial feeling that I had working for Playboy,” opened a staffing firm in the financial district that specialized in legal placements.
Long also found it amusing that San Francisco, a city where spotting a naked person on the street is commonplace, would take such a position.
“Our liberal city speaking out against Playboy … have they truly lost their minds?” she said.
The commission plans to ask the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to adopt a similar resolution, but Long hopes it doesn’t come to that.
“I would like to think that the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and in particular our Board of Supervisors has better things to do. If this show is inappropriate and/or demeaning to women, it will die of its own volition,” she said.
The commission’s resolution says that “the show represents a major step backward for women who have struggled to earn an equal place in the workplace, in the community and at home” and calls on NBC to “to replace the program with a series that, instead, depicts women’s substantive achievements.”
The show is set to premiere Sept. 19.