SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – After just one episode, NBC’s new TV show “The Playboy Club” has generated some controversy and backlash from critics.
Several advocacy groups led by The Parent’s Television Council have called on several sponsors, including Chrysler, to pull their advertisements from the show because they don’t like the image the show is presenting of women.
Kaitlan Welton plays a Playboy bunny on the show and she argues it isn’t as scandalous as many other shows currently on TV.
“Reality shows and MTV’s Jersey Shore, they show people fighting and drinking and swearing and getting naked and none of that is on our show at all,” Welton told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Greg Bowman.
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Welton, who grew up in Ferndale and went to Western Michigan University, explained that NBC’s new show is set in the 1960’s, when Playboy had clubs open across the country and was much more than just a magazine.
“It was like a different time for Playboy, it was a different time for women, for music and fashion.” Welton said. “There were clubs here in Detroit as well.”
Though the show carries the “Playboy” moniker immediately suggesting the sentiment of “all sex all the time”, Welton said that the show is much more than how it’s being perceived.
“It’s not anything like too over-sexualized, it’s very classy.” Welton claimed. “In the 60’s Playboy was a very classy brand.”
The show, which airs its second episode Monday night at 10 p.m. on NBC, got mixed reviews from critics after it premiered last Monday but Welton explained the show is unique in its own right.
“It’s like Mad Men with bunnies,” Welton said.