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Lawsuit Claims Playboy Plays Dirty with Blacks

9/18/2008 8:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Maybe there's a reason all of Hef's girlfriends are blonde-haired and blue-eyed.
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Terri Hughes was a producer for the Playboy Radio show "Night Calls." Hughes claims during a live broadcast, she was asked to repeatedly "wax" the "ass" of co-host Christy Canyon. She alleges Canyon created a hostile environment by, among other things, "exposing her genitals and breasts to co-workers, making requests to guests and co-workers to touch her genitals and breasts, and masturbating herself with her own hands as well as with various sex toys during live broadcasts of 'Night Calls.'"

Hughes, who is African-American, alleges that when a host of another Playboy show -- who was also an African-American woman -- requested for Hughes work on her show, the executive producer of Playboy Radio warned, "I don't know how to say this, and it might offend you, but I'm just going to say it anyway -- no Negro shows."

Hughes is seeking unspecified damages. Calls to Playboy were not immediately returned.

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Luca    

Gosh. Every time I wax my ass, I slide out of my chair.

2162 days ago
17.

Robin    

This is too funny. I can say as a black woman the only black ppl watching BET are the kids and white ppl for entertainment who get a laugh out of thinking this is how black ppl really act. . BET does not represent black ppl in anything other than a sterotype and you can't put every black person in that catagory. White ppl own BET and only showcase black ghetto ppl.

2162 days ago
18.

Huh?    

damn, i wish i was black.

2162 days ago
19.

SoliZ's_GuRl    

pshhhh get over it bi*tch...its playboy....people are naked and run around like that......lol......Hef aint racist he just prefers to bang blonde chicks...BIG EFFING DEAL.............................he has had many black women in his mag and was first to do so back in the day when everyone thought it was a big deal.........................................im portuguese and prefer black men...what does that make me?..........everyone has their own taste...and if u cant take the masterbation...get out of hefs kitchen!

2162 days ago
20.

Sues    

To you are dumber than you sound - Thanks. Wanted to say the same thing, but as usual someone else beat me to it. Aren't we all just a little sick and tired of blacks clogging up the system with their frivolous racial law suits? I know I am, and I dare say that soon no one will believe any of them for crying wolf for soooo long. Get over youselves and QUIT PULLING THE RACE CARD. And as for her stupid suit - how much water is it really going to hold considering she works for PLAYBOY? I believe someone also addressed that too. So shout out a thanks to you too. How much power does 12.5% of our population want? Be careful - things have a tendencey to backfire. Can't we all just get along? No, I guess not.

2162 days ago
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SwingVoteNYC    

I actually worked for BET and It is a Shame that there is not a lot of movement that can be created there. At the end of the day it is all about business and a majority of the programing has to be "safe". There are many "specials" that target issue's and try to bring Awareness but your advertisers pay the way. Also there is another channel BET J that is poorly funded that displays Jazz and Reggae and more of a 26 and up crowd. As Viewers we Don't Seek Cultural or personal responsibilities from other Networks but BET some how has to be perfect.It displays "ART" that is acceptable and catchy enough to have "AD SALES". If BET Displayed ONLY POSITIVE and UPLIFTING Messages ALL the time they would be considered Racist. SO you cannot win. And How Many WORKING BLACK ACTORS can you FIND. So IT is About making money and Fly under the radar. THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED. EDUCATE YOUR KIDS and EXPLAIN STUFF ON TV IS ENTERTAINMENT.

_ Always the Truth even if it Sucks

2162 days ago
22.

ethniclove    

Some of the comments made are very racist and idiotic. BET is owned by white people who think it is extremely hilarious to mock what is perceived to be African American actions.As a black, educated women I don't watch BET because its extremely racist. Just because The tv station is named and mean't for black people, that does not mean that we stand for or agree with what is being shown. Playboy could possible be a racist radio show no one knows but the people envolved. If Cristy canyon was an ''X'' porn girl then she should be GREAT at acting and able to act out someone waxing her ass. In the past 55 years only 19 black women have ever been playmates..
check out this link for proof:

Click Here IDIOTS

Plus have you seen Christ Canyon she doesnt need to worry about her ass being waxed she needs to get her chest and beard taken care of first.

2162 days ago
23.

SwingVoteNYC    

I actually didn't mean racist but i guess for lack of better words "Its not keeping it Real" and you will lose the kids and you hope you can slide in some vitamin C with all the candy. But MTV/VH1 don't have to worry about being attacked on social responsibility. We should Support B.E.T. and hope the kids that come up next will find away to get more of the messages that educate and uplift. I Personally would have not been able to break in the industry that does not represent us well. TV/Film/Radio. look at TMZ how many Black People work for them......And there are many qualified people of different cultures but they will never get the interview or Call back.

2162 days ago
24.

SwingVoteNYC    

Aren't we all just a little sick and tired of blacks clogging up the system with their frivolous racial law suits?
Brett.

It is amazing that you will never understand the struggle. I have Grandparents that have fought for America and came home and were treated like crap. and will never see America with your Eyes. If you were passed up for a job once does not make you understand how it feels to have generations of your people treated 2nd class because we helped build this nation. I want everyone who believes racism is a non issue. Be Black one day and I bet you would not make it through the day in a major city. and maybe lynched in a small town..

2162 days ago
25.

al    

yeah and there aren't enough black playmates of the month either--- there must be some real idiots running things over there.

2162 days ago
26.

J    

Okay so if BET isn't really racist then what about the "essence"awards? An award show for blacks by blacks. I have yet to see an "ivory" awards, I see a lot of award shows where the all races are represented. I see latino award shows and black award shows but I have yet to see an award show exclusively for whites. Wonder why that is? It's along the same lines of black people calling each other the N word but if a white person says it it's a racial slur. Or chris rock can call all white people cracker's but again, white people damn well better not call a black person the N word or they are thrown to the wolves. I guess maybe I'm not understanding the double standard here.

2162 days ago
27.

barry Gordy is genius    

Regardless of the allegations, Mr. Hefner and the Playboy brand does not adhere to such foolishness. I've hung out with the Playboy brand during their 50th anniversary and they are solid. I respect Mr. Hefner. In regards to Terri Hughes' request to do a show... she can give me a call and I'll be more than delighted to entertain her and the other hostess. I mean that.

2162 days ago
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barry Gordy is genius    

If the executive producer said that, sue his ass. Sue the company and everyone involved. They should be held to a high standard and should be held accountable for such discriminatory misconduct during business hours. This violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 amongst other violations. In 2008, this should not be tolerated. I'm proud of Terri Hughes for taking a stand and checking fools on their racist tactics, no more how sublime. She's addressing it. It doesn't matter what industry this occurred in, the bottom line is wrong is wrong and right is right.

2162 days ago
29.

SNOWBABY    

OMG THE BLACKS ARE MORE RACIST THAN ANY ONE ELSE OUT THERE. SO WHAT IF PLAYBOY DOESN'T WANT AN ALL BLACK SHOW. GET A LIFE. YOU ALREADY HAVE TO HAVE YOUR BLACK UNIVERSITIES, BEAUTY PAGENTS, & TV NETWORKS. IT'S NOT ENOUGH THAT YOU HAVE ALL THESE THINGS OF YOUR OWN YOU STILL HAVE TO HAVE YOUR NOSE IN EVERYTHING ELSE. WANT EQUAL RIGHTS THAN STOP SEGREGATING YOURSELVES.

2162 days ago
30.

PolarBear    

The claims seems pretty wild. Christy Canyon going Neanderthal? That claim seems like childish trashing; invalid, bound to backfire. Leave it to the court to find out the details. Hef is no hoser, nor would he hire hosers.

2162 days ago
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