Marge Simpson, the yellow-skinned, beehived, screechy-voiced wife of Homer Simpson is about to grace the cover of Playboy’s November issue.
Lots of potential candidates were taken into consideration, but the publication hothouse chose Marge.
Playboy said the cover and a three-page picture spread inside was a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the “The Simpsons” and part of a plan to appeal to a younger generation of readers.
Scott Flanders, the recently-hired chief executive of Playboy Enterprises, told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview that the Marge Simpson cover and centerfold was “somewhat tongue-in-cheek.”
“It had never been done, and we thought it would be kind of hip, cool and unusual,” Flanders told the newspaper. He said the magazine hoped to attract readers in their 20s compared to the average Playboy reader’s age of 35.
Strange that the reason for featuring Marge is to attract younger readers. Firstly, why should the readers of Playboy get any younger? Secondly, wouldn’t a 15-year-old boy much rather be staring at the stark nakedness of a real woman than at a censored image of a cartoon character? Unless of course Playboy is targeting otaku men.