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The 70’s, The First Amendment & Porn: The People Vs. Larry Flynt

March 20, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

“If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, it will protect all of you,” yells Woody Harrelson as Larry Flynt in the film “The People Vs. Larry Flynt. This bold quote is almost an echo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy injustice against one is injustice against all. It’s no surprise to even the Hustler mogul himself that ‘scumbag’ is a suitable adjective to describe his persona.
Flynt is the founder and active president of Flynt Publications and¬†number one on the “50 Powerful People in Porn” according to 2003 Arena Magazine. He is most notable for Hustler Magazine.
The film “The People vs. Larry Flynt” illustrates Flynt’s rise to success and fame in the pornography publications industry and the many trails and tribulations that came with it. The terms offensive and shock value are understatements while describing the movie- but that is the very essence of its message.
The most important point made by the film is the fact that justice at times, comes only through the efforts of hard work and persistance. What happened to Larry Flynt and Hustler could have happened to any entity of press that was disliked. In the case of this particular film, Flynt never gave up in his struggle to defend his, and all Amercans’, inalienable rights to the freedom of expression, speech and press. Something about the combination of Flynt’s many obstables, his teamwork with the skilled attorney Isaacman in endless trials in addition to his numerous trips to prison showed how the future of his and all citizens’ justice depended on strategy and getting up after falling down when human rights are at stake. What really makes the significance of the movie resonate is the film’s portrayal of Flynt’s victimization through becoming paralyzed following a shooting after a trial. This incident visualized how Flynt put his life on the line to stand up for the rights of all Americans. I was really surprised at how much I ended up respecting Larry Flynt- minus the lethal drug habits. Defending inalienable rights is imperative to the operations of a properly functioning democracy in addition to the acknowledgement that everyone is entitled to their own opinion- which sometimes has to include the “obscene.” Definitely worth checking out Harrelson, Edward Norton and Courtney Love in this one.

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Stephanie is a senior Advertising and Public Relations & Multiplatform Journalism double major at Duquesne University expected to graduate in May 2014.

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