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Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:17 PM

Larry Flynt, pornographer and self-styled First Amendment champion, dies at 78

Source: Washington Post




Larry Flynt, one of America’s most notorious pornographers and self-proclaimed champions of First Amendment freedoms, who built his sprawling business interests on the hard-core raunch and grotesque parody of Hustler magazine, died Feb. 10 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 78. His brother Jimmy Flynt confirmed the death but did not cite a specific cause.

Repeatedly sued, prosecuted, jailed for contempt, gagged for obscene outbursts in court and, in 1978, shot and paralyzed by a would-be assassin, Mr. Flynt always thrived on controversy. After the shooting, he used a wheelchair — gold-plated and velvet-lined to his specifications. In a grit-to-glitter saga like few others, the ninth-grade dropout from the hills of east Kentucky used street smarts, gutsy business instincts and, when necessary, his fists to parlay a string of shabby Ohio bars into a $100 million nationwide porn empire of magazines, private clubs, a swank casino in suburban Los Angeles, an online sex toy store and other ventures.

Hustler, whose circulation peaked above 2 million in the late 1970s, thumbed its nose at sleeker skin publications such as Playboy and Penthouse. Mr. Flynt proudly offered Hustler as a blue-collar and taboo-smashing alternative with its raw frontal nudity of men and women, and crude cartoons. “Playboy and Penthouse,” he once told an interviewer, “were parading their pornography as art, with the air-brushing and the soft lens. I realized that if we became more explicit, we could get a huge piece of this market. . . . I sensed that raw sex was what men wanted. And I was right.”

Equally reviled and celebrated for his depictions of close-up female genitalia, gang rape, bondage, bestiality, mutilation and, most famously, a naked woman being put through a meat grinder on the cover of the June 1978 Hustler, Mr. Flynt reveled in the nation’s collective gasp at his pornographic derring-do.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/larry-flynt-porn-king-and-self-styled-first-amendment-champion-dies-at-xxx/2021/02/10/5240626c-6bf0-11eb-ba56-d7e2c8defa31_story.html



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Reply Larry Flynt, pornographer and self-styled First Amendment champion, dies at 78 (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Feb 10 OP
hlthe2b Feb 10 #1
alphafemale Feb 10 #4
hlthe2b Feb 10 #5
BigmanPigman Feb 10 #8
LeftInTX Feb 10 #17
TexasBushwhacker Feb 10 #24
FarPoint Feb 10 #2
Skittles Feb 10 #14
Warpy Feb 10 #3
herding cats Feb 10 #30
left-of-center2012 Feb 10 #6
BumRushDaShow Feb 10 #7
BigmanPigman Feb 10 #9
Gore1FL Feb 10 #15
Hotler Feb 10 #10
Raine Feb 10 #11
DinahMoeHum Feb 10 #26
dalton99a Feb 10 #12
BobTheSubgenius Feb 10 #13
Rebl2 Feb 10 #16
MicaelS Feb 10 #18
Tarc Feb 10 #19
lapfog_1 Feb 10 #20
MrsCheaplaugh Feb 10 #21
Vivienne235729 Feb 10 #23
orangecrush Feb 10 #22
Archae Feb 10 #25
DinahMoeHum Feb 10 #27
Pluvious Feb 10 #28
OnlinePoker Feb 10 #29
orleans Feb 10 #31
flying rabbit Feb 11 #32
jb5150 Feb 11 #33

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:18 PM

1. He must have been in bad health or mentally diminished past several years....

I kept thinking he'd go after Trump as he had other RW figures in the past, but he never did.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:42 PM

4. Being in a wheelchair and paralyzed by a bullet to the spine

It is a testament to pure stubborn meanness he managed to survive this long.

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:44 PM

5. Yes, but he was politically active and vocal throughout the Bush* years

so a decade of not hearing from him tells me he may have gone downhill some time ago.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 07:02 PM

8. He was bipolar on top of everything else.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 08:13 PM

17. He seemed like he was in poor health for years

I always got the impression the bullet was fairly high up his spine and was probably within a hair of his thoracic spine

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 09:26 PM

24. He offered $10 Million to anyone who could provide evidence

that would lead to Trump's impeachment and removal from office. It was a full page ad in the Washington Post.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:20 PM

2. I have always admired Larry....

He went for the gusto...had a big heart...Did an amazing feat of fighting for our First Amendment ... He has been a friend to Ohio...

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 07:53 PM

14. I had a grudging admiration for him

there was simply nothing phony about the man

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:26 PM

3. I'm sad to see that unrepentant old scumbag go

and I think he'd appreciate that description of himself. He never pretended to be anything else.

I will always appreciate his fighting Falwell all the way up to the USSC and winning.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 11:02 PM

30. I can't say I'm sad, I'm ambivalent at best, but otherwise this is my feelings.

He's gone. He was a scumbag who did both bad and good things. Also, he'd have taken pleasure in this description of him.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:53 PM

6. 'The People vs. Larry Flynt' movie

The People vs. Larry Flynt is a 1996 American biographical drama film directed by Miloš Forman and starring Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and Edward Norton. It chronicles the rise of pornographer Larry Flynt and his subsequent clash with religious institutions and the law.

The film, written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, spans about 35 years of Flynt's life, from his impoverished upbringing in Kentucky to his court battle with Reverend Jerry Falwell, and is based in part on the U.S. Supreme Court case Hustler Magazine v. Falwell. Though not a financial success,

The People vs. Larry Flynt was lauded by critics. It garnered Harrelson, Love, Norton and Forman multiple accolades and award nominations, including nominations for an Best Actor for Harrelson and Best Director for Forman at the 69th Academy Awards.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_People_vs._Larry_Flynt#:~:text=The%20People%20vs.%20Larry%20Flynt%20is%20a%201996%20American%20biographical,religious%20institutions%20and%20the%20law.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:57 PM

7. Here's the trailer for it

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 07:04 PM

9. That was a good film.

I learned a lot about the 1st Ammend.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 08:06 PM

15. "Best Actor for Harrelson and Best Director for Forman at the 69th Academy Awards."

69th... Nice...

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 07:16 PM

10. Special editions Hustler sometimes had fold-outs than unfolded to 24x36,

the size of a full size blueprint. I was 18-19 working in the steel shop and I would hide them under my shop prints. I'd call one of the other shop guys over and say, "take a look at this drawing." and then flip the drawings back exposing a a full size hoo-haa. Seeing the shock on their face was priceless.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 07:35 PM

11. I like how he exposed the "goody goody" hypocrite politicians. 👍 nt

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Response to Raine (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 09:52 PM

26. +1000s

n/t

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 07:35 PM

12. Kick

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 07:48 PM

13. Likewise, I have no comment, other than to say...he was an original.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 08:08 PM

16. Thought he

died years ago.

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Response to Rebl2 (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 08:23 PM

18. Me too. n/t

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 08:34 PM

19. That's too bad. Was a fascinating guy.


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 08:48 PM

20. makes me feel old

15 years ago I played poker with him at his casino... along with Barry Greenstein and Phil Ivey... and a few other very rich people.

I lost more than I could stand and exited the game ( 7-stud ). He had one or two Hustler "honeys" next to him to help him look at his cards or push his chips in.

Seemed like a regular guy... for a billionaire.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 09:05 PM

21. No tears here

A shameless misogynist is still a misogynist. He gloried in it.

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Response to MrsCheaplaugh (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 09:23 PM

23. Agreed. No tears from me either. I found him really gross.

This is the DU member formerly known as Vivienne235729.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 09:17 PM

22. Ben Franklin and Flynt had much in common


Read about the "Hellfire Club" sometime.







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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 09:49 PM

25. The best thing he did...

When he wrote that book exposing the sexual peccadillos of the guys in the House who were impeaching Bill Clinton.

The "No comments" and lame excuses (remember Henry Hyde's excuse for his own multi-year affair?) flew fast.

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Response to Archae (Reply #25)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 09:55 PM

27. "Sex, Lies and Politics - The Naked Truth" was the title

He did an interview with Salon magazine back in 2004 to promote the book and he had some rather choice commentary about harpie Ann Coulter (remember her?):

https://www.salon.com/2004/07/08/flynt_4/

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 10:08 PM

28. He was always against the death penalty

Said it was used as retubution which is morally wrong.

RIP

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 10:27 PM

29. Back when 48 Hours actually profiled 48 hours somewhere, they did a show about Vegas

Larry Flynt was there playing solo blackjack, 3 spots at something like $25k per spot. He was being comped by the hotel. At the time, he was down over $1 million. He turns to the camera and deadpans "It ain't winners that build these places, you know". He then said he'd probably be moving hotels. The next day, at the new hotel, he got all his money back and another million or so.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 11:52 PM

31. first thing i thought of


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 02:07 AM

32. One of a kind.

probably did more good than harm.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 03:26 AM

33. Anyone who hated Jerry Falwell couldn't have been all bad ...

But he wasn't a saint .. and he never claimed to be.
This is the DU member formerly known as jb5150.

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