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Anti-porn groups join KSL's complaints against "Playboy Club"

Published June 30, 2011 10:16 am

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Salt Lake City's KSL isn't alone in wanting to shut down "The Playboy Club."

Two anti-porn groups are mounting campaigns against NBC against the new fall drama, which is set in the 1960s at the start of Hugh Hefner's bunny-filled media empire.

One group, Pink Cross - a "faith-based" group founded by a former porn star who turned anti-porn activist - has an online petition urging NBC to cancel the show before it airs.

Another, Morality in Media, is collecting names for a "pledge" to avoid the show, write letters to NBC, and boycott advertisers.

Of course, these campaigns come before the public has seen any of the new show. The Tribune's TV critic, Scott D. Pierce, watched the pilot and recently wrote that it's less objectionable than much of the "adult" content that KSL airs without complaint. (Salt Lake's digital KMYU, 2.2 - or Ch. 22 on the cable dial - will carry the show locally.)

And a writer for The Huffington Post opines that the cast's personal lives may be an unspoken part of the outrage against the show: Star Eddie Cibrian made the gossip rags when he had an affair with singer LeAnn Rimes (before divorcing his wife and marrying Rimes), while co-star Amber Heard came out as a lesbian.