Last week Playboy Magazine named French model Ines Rau as the first Playmate since the passing of Hugh Hefner. Rau will have a photo spread inside the November/December issue, which will feature Hefner on the cover. In keeping with his legacy as a forward thinker who championed gay rights and racial equality, the next issue of Playboy will break new ground.
Never afraid to back away from controversy, Hefner had this to say about marriage equality and the rights of the LGBT community:
The fight for gay marriage is, in reality, a fight for all of our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time... This is a religious nation, but it is also a secular one. No one should have to subjugate their religious freedom, and no one should have their personal freedoms infringed. This is America and we must protect the rights of all Americans.
Still, the magazine's decision to feature Rau drew transphobic criticism from social media users.
Playboy wasted no time clapping back in a series of tweets comparing racist letters written in 1965 in response to the first African-American Playmate to today's transphobic social media reactions.