Larry Flynt, who built a $400 million empire of strip clubs and “adult” shops around his sexually explicit magazine Hustler, and spent decades battling obscenity and libel charges as a self-promoting champion of freedom of the press. Larry died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 78.
Erotic magazine Hustler has started in 1974. Unlike Playboy and Penthouse oriented for the elite audience, Larry’s publication was intended for the middle class.The nude pictures of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
attracted the world attention to the magazine. in 1978, the serial murderer and racist Joseph Franklin attempted the businessman’s life and injured him. As a result, the man’s legs were fully paralyzed. According to Franklin, he attacked Flynt for the cover with interracial sex. The publisher remained wheelchaired for the rest of his life, suffering from excruciating pains, but he never stopped working and became a politician. Larry started publishing articles on political and economic topics, corruption investigation, and spicy facts about power players.
In 1983, Hustler published an erotic caricature on the famous TV pastor, Jerry Falwell. The pastor sued Larry for libel and mockery of his feelings it was one of the most important trials for american democracy. The Supreme court took the side of Flynt and considered his actions legitimate within the American legal system. “If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me,” he said, “then it will protect all of you. Because I’m the worst.” During the subsequent trial, Flynt
wore an American flag as a diaper and was jailed for six months for desecration of the flag, he had been sentenced many times and was put in mental hospital before and after he was paralyzed, but he never stopped fighting for the freedom of speech. he was one of the founders of sexual revolution and he lost his legs in a fight for the right to create adult content, that had not existed before. In 2003, Larry ran for the position of the Governor of California but lost to Arnold Schwarzenegger
, in 1984 he ran for the president. His life has been the subject of films and books, including the 1996 biopic “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”