Larry Flynt  

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"When Hustler publisher Larry Flynt was shot outside a Georgia courtroom in 1978 in an assassination attempt that left him paralyzed from the waist down, the nation hardly mourned. News reports of the shooting took an ironic tone (Time billed it "The Bloody Fall of a Hustler"). There were no candlelight vigils outside his hospital room or impassioned calls for the nation's prayers."--Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America (1999) by Laura Kipnis

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Larry Claxton Flynt Jr. (November 1, 1942 – February 10, 2021) was an American publisher pornographic magazines, such as Hustler, pornographic videos, and three pornographic television channels named Hustler TV. Flynt fought several high-profile legal battles involving the First Amendment, and unsuccessfully ran for public office. He was paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries sustained in a 1978 assassination attempt by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin

A film, The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), was based on his life and features Woody Harrelson in the title role. Flynt made a cameo appearance as an Ohio judge and also a jury member in the court scene of the Jerry Falwell case. The film was directed by Miloš Forman and co-produced by Oliver Stone.

Laura Kipnis's analysis of Hustler magazine appeared in Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America (1999).


  • “ ( Male ) Desire and ( Female ) Disgust : Reading Hustler " ( in Cultural Studies , ed . Lawrence Grossberg , Cary Nelson , and Paula A . Treichler , New York : Routledge , 1992 ) .

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