A man named Steve Frye apparently paid $1,000 to get into a "Leather and Lace" party last month at the Playboy Mansion. Then he learned — shocker — that "gorgeous ladies" had been admitted for free. Now he's suing on behalf of all men who suffered this cruel and unexpected discrimination.
According to TMZ, Frye is suing Playboy for sex discrimination. He also alleges that the practice of letting sexy ladies in for free "promotes harmful, negative stereotypes." He has a point — but then again, pretty much everything about the Playboy Mansion promotes such stereotypes. Did he think he was entering an egalitarian wonderland when he showed up for the party?
It's possible that Frye was not an innocent shocked by the Playboy party's ladies-free policy, but rather a man with a point to make. He's not the first to sue Playboy for letting ladies in for free — as the Daily Mail points out, a man named David Long, Jr. already did so. Documents filed in Frye's case indicate that Long's suit was filed in January and is currently pending. And then of course there's Roy Den Hollander, who's made a crusade of suing clubs that offer ladies' nights, all in an effort to "give all those feminists equality — not the equality of all the best in life, but the equality of the worst in life." It's unclear whether Frye is an activist campaigning for men's right to equality of admissions prices, or just a dude who was mad he didn't get into the Playboy Mansion for free. I've contacted his lawyer for more information on his suit, and I await his reply.