Playboy Magazine a Smash in Indonesia

The much anticipated release of Playboy magazine drew mixed reviews from hardline Muslims in Indonesia who couldn’t wait to get their hands on that first edition.

Members of Islamic Defenders Front tear an edition of Indonesian version of Playboy magazine apart during a protest outside the building housing the magazine’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 12, 2006. Muslim activists demanding that Playboy stop publishing the magazine in Indonesia stoned the company’s editorial office and clashed with police officers guarding the building. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

After reviewing the “articles” (*wink* *wink*) the Muslims expressed their dissatisfaction with the style section tips to “spruce up your wardrobe with more color.”

Muslim protesters burn an edition of Indonesian version of Playboy magazine during a demonstration in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 12, 2006. Dozens of Muslims staged the protest demanding the magazine to be banned. (AP Photo)

The hardliners were anxious to open channels of communication with the editors.

A member of Islamic Defenders Front throws rock at the building housing the office of Playboy magazine in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 12, 2006. Muslim activists demanding that Playboy stop publishing an Indonesian edition of the magazine stoned the company’s editorial office and clashed with police officers guarding the building. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

The publishers thanked the hardliners for their suggestions and look forward to more feedback from their readers in the future.

Police officers are seen rushing to take position through the broken window of the building housing the office of Playboy magazine, during a demonstration staged by members of a radical group called Islamic Defenders Front in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 12, 2006. Muslim activists demanding that Playboy stop publishing an Indonesian edition of the magazine stoned the company’s editorial office and clashed with police officers guarding the building. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

The hardliners smashed the windows to the Playboy offices today in protest over the release of the magazine:

Witnesses say the protesters smashed several windows and the door and gate at the magazine’s offices in south Jakarta.

Playboy’s first edition in a Muslim country went on sale last Friday. It features no nudity, and the photos it does have are less risque than in other magazines already sold in Indonesia.

Tim Blair says this is typical cartoon reaction.
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