Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, died Wednesday at the age of 91. Whatever you thought of his work, there’s no denying that Hefner had a colossal impact on American culture. What first started as a magazine in 1953 eventually grew into a multiplatform brand complete with media production branches, a clothing line, and clubs and casinos that all bore the Playboy moniker. And though the brand faded after hitting its peak in the 1970s, Hefner consistently remained a symbol of sexual liberation.
Of course, plenty of celebrities were impacted by Hefner’s death and took to social media to offer their condolences.
Others like Busy Philipps and Kat Dennings shared their memories of Hef and time spent at the Playboy mansion.
Activist Reverend Jesse Jackson praised Hefner for supporting the civil rights movement.
And plenty more were simply shocked and saddened by the news.