Playboy Magazine Releases “The Freedom Issue”



The July/August 2016 Double Issue, on Newsstands Now, Examines the State of Freedom in the U.S. and what it means to be an American Today

LOS ANGELES, Friday, June 24, 2016Playboy magazine today announced the release of “The Freedom Issue,” its July/August 2016 double issue which considers the state of freedom in the United States and examines a variety of issues from sexual liberties and civil rights to privacy and freedom in a connected world (issue on newsstands now, with an online preview available at

The centerpiece of Playboy’s “Freedom Issue” is a series of 11 essays from high-profile contributors who explore the idea of freedom in 2016 and share their viewpoints on some of the most important social and cultural issues facing Americans today.  Highlights include:

  • Hugh M. Hefner on the Republican sexual revolution
  • Killer Mike on minority voting
  • Chelsea Handler on abortion
  • Patton Oswalt on the freedom to make mistakes
  • Krist Novoselic on fixing the election process
  • Drew Pinsky on sexual liberty
  • Hacker/cybersecurity expert Jeff Moss on surveillance and privacy in the digital age
  • Sanjay Gupta on the American pill epidemic
  • Former CBS News producer Mary Mapes on the state of journalism
  • Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper on fixing the American police force
  • Former undercover DEA agent Robert Mazur on the new drug war

“Since its very first issue in 1953, Playboy has served as a social and political sounding board for some of the most important issues of our time.  To this day, the magazine upholds this tradition and continues to feature powerful voices that examine and promote the sexual liberties, personal freedoms and constitutional rights we enjoy as Americans,” said Playboy’s Editorial Director Jason Buhrmester.  “‘The Freedom Issue’ is the perfect compilation of everything that defines Playboy and differentiates it from any other magazine available today.”

Additional content featured in Playboy’s “Freedom Issue” includes:

  • The Playboy Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates: a thoughtful conversation with the critically-acclaimed author, journalist and educator on American race relations, his rise to fame, and being a voice for black America
  • 20Q with Wiz Khalifa: the Pittsburgh-based rapper’s take on police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, and marijuana legalization
  • Private Parts: an essay by Thomas Page McBee that explores the line between privacy and isolation in the new American locker room
  • God Save the GOP: Political columnist John Meroney on Paul Ryan, and whether or not anyone is listening to his ideas
  • The Wildest, Craziest, Most Offensive Jokes Ever Told: Some of today’s funniest comedians, including Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, JB Smoove and Kevin Pollack, weigh in on the fearless jokes that helped challenge our culture—from racism to drugs to politics.

Playboy’s July/August 2016 “Freedom Issue” is available on newsstands nationwide, with digital copies of the issue available here.

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