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Help the Porn Industry?

January 8, 2009

… that’s what Hustler’s Larry Flynt and Joe Francis, CEO of Girls Gone Wild, is asking US Congress to do, with an allocated sum of $5 billion for a “bailout” of the adult entertainment industry.

Flynt and Francis feel that since everyone else is seeking bailout in these times of economic turmoil, why not also give a small (?) sum to ensure the survival of the porn industry.

Joe Francis claimes 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.”

Larry Flynt argues that USA 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.”

“It’s time for congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America,” Flynt continues. “The only way they can do this is by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly.”

– Quotes from CNN report: Porn industry seeks federal bailout

No, this is not a joke!

Is this what we want? To keep using and exploiting women so we can feed vultures like Flynt and Francis who cash in billions from the flesh-market; to ruin thousands of lives – including those of many young girls and even children – to appease our sexual appetites and stay “healthier”; to help girls get drunk out of their socks (Girls Gone Wild) so we can play with their bodies as we please; and last but not least, giving boys and men a twisted view on the role of women.

If there ever were wolves in sheep’s clothing, it would have to be Flynt and Francis. They pretend to be some sort of saviors when they – and many with them – are in fact guilty of demoralizing our nations and literally ruining countless of lives.

Supporting the porn industry would be supporting a view that disrespects the sanctity of human lives.

We simply can’t do that.

Louis

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2009 01:46

    Yes, I read the CNN report. You think they were actually being serious? Perhaps they just wanted to attract some extra attention?

    On second thought; no, they probably meant it. In order for someone to make this industry their life purpose, their minds and opinions probably must be somewhat corrupt.

    That said, I think it isn’t quite true that all we need during hard times is the so called “essential services” (although it is of course true that these are what we need the most). In addition to food, shelter, transport, health care and so on, we also need some kind of inspiration, something that can lift us and help us see the positive sides of life. To remind us that even during hard times, there is beauty, love and hope in the world.

    Uplifting music would be my first, personal choice in this category. Others would perhaps choose a good movie, a football game, having lunch with friends on the local cafe once in a while, or whatever would make them feel good. But pornography does not count among these things, because it is not uplifting. On the contrary; it’s degrading. And that can never be good.

    Clearly the use of pornography (and especially when involving young girls) is not the way to improve the American people or anyone’s sex life. Wolves in sheep’s clothing; you said it Louis. I hope and expect the government to have the decency of turning down this request. If for nothing else, to set an example to the up growing generation. Linda

  2. Lena Hagen permalink
    January 8, 2009 18:25

    Først trodde jeg det var en spøk, men så syntes jeg ikke det lignet deg å spøke med slikt. (Ikke er det 1.april heller.)
    Så ble jeg skikkelig provosert og sint (kjenner det koker fortsatt), man pumper ikke penger inn i den industrien.

    Det er jo nok av tragiske skjebner rundt omkring i verden nettopp på grunn av den industrien. Ikke bare leder det til et vridd syn på kvinner (og barn dessverre) og misbruk av disse, det fører også til rus og drap.

    Håper virkelig at amerikanerne holder seg for gode til å gi krisehjelp til denne industrien.

    Takk for ordet! Hilsen en hissig kvinne.

  3. January 8, 2009 13:48

    It’s just insane. If the government should spend any money they could do it on something usefull and not the porn-industry.

  4. Belle permalink
    January 8, 2009 12:26

    You got to be kidding!
    The idea alone is horrible!!!

  5. January 8, 2009 10:08

    Very good points!

  6. Jan Burnett-McKeown permalink
    January 8, 2009 04:12

    I must confess to being both surprised and amused as I read the purported claims of Messrs Flynt and Francis for a bailout of the US adult entertainment industry – even though I ultimately discovered that it wasn’t a joke. Their claims ranged from being simply far-fetched to quite contradictory.

    The claim that Americans can do without cars, but not sex is a little “over the top”, not to mention probably embarrassing for many Americans. It also contradicts Larry’s earlier statement that Americans were “too depressed to be sexually active”. Oops… sounds like they’re already doing what you claimed they couldn’t, Larry – perhaps you underestimate them! His belief that the adult industry is just as important to the economy, and perhaps even as “cherished” as some other industries, is highly doubtful, to say the least.

    At a time of economic crisis, when most rational people are “tightening their belts”, one would think that the first things to be cut back on would be the “non-essentials”. So no matter how much money gets thrown at it, such industries are never likely to prosper during times like these. On the other hand, there will always be a demand for “essential” services providing the basic needs of life, such as food, utilities, transport etc., which is why it’s important for governments to sustain these industries even in difficult times. Mr Flynt may want us all to believe that the adult industry is essential to our good health and well-being, but for most people (fortunately), this simply is not the case. His industry does not qualify as an “essential service”, thereby eliminating it from receiving support.

    One of the reasons for providing support to some industries during tough times, is to prevent vast numbers of people suddenly becoming unemployed. In this regard, the collapse of the adult industry would have nowhere near the economic impact of say, the collapse of a major car manufacturer. In any case, most governments probably would not want to be seen encouraging employment in an industry that is not only highly immoral, but also illegal in many parts of the world. After all, what taxpayer would wish to see their hard-earned money used to encourage employment in such an immoral industry, at a time when they may be struggling to feed their own family?

    If Messrs Flynt and Francis truly believe some sort of bailout is necessary for their industry, perhaps they should instead be appealing to those who have supported them in the past. Or perhaps they should have simply been more financially prudent themselves. Why didn’t they set aside just a few of the many billions they have already made, for the inevitable “rainy day”. But to ask the average taxpayer to support such an immoral industry, is a bit like asking them to prop up the cigarette or alcohol manufacturers. No thanks! I hope the US government will see this “bailout” claim for what it really is – a huge “joke”!

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