Date: February 12, 2021
“Larry Flynt, the founder and publisher of Hustler magazine, died on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Jimmy Flynt told the Washington Post. He was 78.
Flynt was an outspoken First Amendment supporter, and his magazine was involved in the milestone Hustler Magazine v. Falwell Supreme Court case in 1988 that set the standard for defamation cases against public figures.
Throughout the years, though, Flynt became outspoken about the First Amendment and free speech and said that this desire fomented in 1978, when he was shot by a sniper and left paralyzed from the waist down.
“When I was gunned down in the streets of Georgia and paralyzed, I saw that pretty much as my life being over. I made a calculated decision to spend the rest of my life devoted to expanding the parameters of free speech. Forty + years later, the fight continues,” he tweeted in 2019.”
I remember well, when my cousins would sneak “dirty” magazines out of my uncles considerable stash…Some of them were Hustler…
I was never a huge fan of Hustler, of course…but I have a great deal of respect, for Larry’s free speech championing.
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