Not to be outdone by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Playboy boss Hugh Hefner has gone ahead and married his 26-year-old sweetheart, former Playmate Crystal Harris. Of course, several people, not including Huffington Post contributor Ann Brenoff, assume that she married him for the money and he married her for the sex—but if this HuffPo commentor were to get his wish, things wouldn’t go exactly as (she) planned…
Mind you, even if Hef makes it through another 30 years, something tells me his latest marriage won’t.
Reuters is reporting that Shera Bechard, a former Playboy Playmate and one of Hugh Hefner’s many one-time girlfriends, is considered an “individual with extraordinary ability” by the U.S. government. Her claim to extraordinariness? She started the “Frisky Friday” Twitter trend, which has inspired “young women all over the world (to) tweet scantily-clad pictures of themselves on Fridays, with Playboy selecting a weekly winner.” Seems pretty extraordinary to me!
Bechard, a native of Kapuskasing, Ontario, is one of thousands of foreign nationals granted temporary residence in the United States by an O-1 genius visa, an increasingly popular way for important people to come to America. As Reuters reports, “The O-1 visa allows individuals of ‘extraordinary ability’ to come to the United States for up to three years, and can be extended.” This has brought several young, college-dropout tech entrepreneurs into Silicon Valley, as well as granting Piers Morgan residency as he replaces Larry King on CNN. C’mon, what makes him more extraordinary than your average American anchorman?
Mind you, the issuing of O-1s has met little resistance from government and industry, as it’s assumed that most of these folks are creating jobs, not taking them away from American citizens. “The O-1 is one of the few visas we support,” said Kim Berry, a spokesman for the Programmers Guild. “When they need to bring in the best and the brightest and the entrepreneurs, that’s the only visa that helps America.” As opposed to that other Visa that just increases America’s household debt…
Perhaps you’ve heard the news about Playboy slashing the price of its October issue to 60 cents in order to promote its new TV show. At the time, I had speculated as to what the Canadian retail price would be–and as it turns out, it’s not much of a deal at all.
The new issue hit newsstands on Friday, so I took a trip to la Maison de la Presse Internationale in Yorkville, which appears to be the only place to purchase pornographic periodicals in this city nowadays. Much to my dismay, that large “SPECIAL 1960S PRICE: THIS ISSUE ONLY 60 CENTS!” tagline was missing from the top of the magazine, and the price beside the barcode read $7.99.
Hef, I hafta say I’m disappointed in you. I know it costs money to ship stuff across the border, but couldn’t you have given us Canucks at least a bit of a break on the regular price? I know that I won’t be watching the premiere of The Playboy Club now, that’s for sure!
I can only hope this issue is addressed in our Senate’s investigation into the Canada-U.S. pricing gap, but in the meantime, I’ll just hafta stick to those two pictures of Scarlett Johansson that were leaked online. I would definitely pay $7.99 to see more of her!