Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Porn Industry Seeking Bailout?

I have no problems with Mr. Flynt, in fact, I think the man has done wonders for pushing free speech and free markets, even if some call his "art" offensive and question it's social values; who am I to judge?

With that said, I would have to say, I oppose the porn industry bailout.

The good news(?) is that the porn industry is doing just fine according to Mr. Flynt, this is just his way of pointing out just how absurd these bailouts of every corporation really is in the days where businesses with working models (no pun intended) can make a profit, and are in fact making a profit. 

A Copy/Paste of the CNN blog noting the story follows in case the link ever stops working:

January 7, 2009
Porn industry seeks federal bailout
Posted: 02:03 PM ET

From CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand and Mark Preston
Larry Flynt is asking for a bailout.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Another major American industry is asking for assistance as the global financial crisis continues: Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis said Wednesday they will request that Congress allocate $5 billion for a bailout of the adult entertainment industry.

“The take here is that everyone and their mother want to be bailed out from the banks to the big three,” said Owen Moogan, spokesman for Larry Flynt. “The porn industry has been hurt by the downturn like everyone else and they are going to ask for the $5 billion. Is it the most serious thing in the world? Is it going to make the lives of Americans better if it happens? It is not for them to determine.”

Francis said in a statement that “the US government should actively support the adult industry's survival and growth, just as it feels the need to support any other industry cherished by the American people."


Flynt and Francis concede the industry itself is in no financial danger — DVD sales have slipped over the past year, but Web traffic has continued to grow.

But the industry leaders said the issue is a nation in need. "People are too depressed to be sexually active," Flynt said in the statement. "This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex."

"With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind. It's time for congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America. The only way they can do this is by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly."

So far, there has been no congressional reaction to the request.

1 comment:

Jesse O. Kurtz said...

You are a human being, and by your nature, your actions are either good or bad or some shade of good or bad. As a human being, you can relate to other human beings and judge the value of human actions. Your statement, "I have no problems with Mr. Flynt, in fact, I think the man has done wonders for pushing free speech and free markets, even if some call his "art" offensive and question it's social values; who am I to judge?" - therefore, is ridiculous.

You should be accurate and honest and say that you find the value of Larry Flynt to be some shade of good.