The war on beauty.
IN INDONESIA, THE LONG-RUNNING battle over the country's
domestic edition of Playboy has ended in a courtroom victory for its
editor, Erwin Arnada. Playboy Indonesia contains no nudity--only the
occasional tasteful swimsuit photo--but when it hit newsstands a year
ago, it was denounced by Muslim fundamentalists as
"pornography." Riots forced a move of the editorial office
from Jakarta to tightly secured Bali, and Arnada went on trial for
publishing indecent material. "This is a bitter pill," one
cleric told the BBC (April 5) after Arnada was exonerated. What is it
about Muslims and magazines, anyway?