By Legal Eagle

Apparently the latest US industry to request a bailout is…the porn industry. CNN reports:

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.

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.

I’m amazed that they have the cheek to try something like this; but then I suppose they can’t be blamed for trying after the success of the car industry’s request. I wonder what the response will be?

There is a competition for the best slogan for the bailout here.

(Via Slattsnews, hat tip to Saint)


  1. Posted January 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I must admit that when I read about this, I thought Flynt and Co weren’t serious but were simply taking the piss out of Detroit and the support from the public purse (by both the US and Oz governments) for Detroit’s long-standing commercial incompetence.

  2. Nanu
    Posted January 9, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    LOL. Got to love Larry Flint yanking Paulson etc. chain.

  3. Posted January 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    I think they’d take the money if someone is silly enough to give it to them, though. That said, it’s a good point: the whole auto industry bailout is quite literally the economic equivalent of lighting a big money bonfire in the backyard.

  4. Posted January 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    SL said “big money bonfire in the backyard”

    More apt than you may have meant given that both contribute to carbon dioxide emissions.

  5. Sinclair Davidson
    Posted January 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I’d rather have my tax dollar going to the porn industry. It’s honest work 🙂

    Stephen Kirchner has the right idea.

  6. Posted January 9, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    At a time like this I think it’s very important that the Government does everything it can to stimulate growth in the private sector.

  7. Posted January 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Mel, I’ll pay that one. Very droll.

    [UPDATE: Prof Les Green just swung by my Facebook page to make the following point: ‘at least it is a potentially productive industry’: see his article ‘Pornographies’ (2000) 8 Journal of Political Philosophy 27-52].

  8. Posted January 9, 2009 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Don’t be so coy you little shrinking violet!

    How about “Keeping their peckers up”.

    But seriously folks, research shows that the industry is helping people to handle the tough times.

  9. Posted January 9, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    I second LE’s applause for mel. Brilliant! But was it a double, triple or quadruple entendre, in only 6 words!!?!!

    Maybe there’s a term for this type of financial support… helical leveraging.

  10. Sinclair Davidson
    Posted January 10, 2009 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Thanks LE.

    Reminds me when I was a student all the faculties had sweaters that said ‘Arts students do it with [appropriate phrase]. Medical students did it with ‘pricks’. Except the Commerce students; so I suggested that ‘Commerce students do it with double entries’, but the Dean – a prude – said absolutely not. 🙂

  11. Posted January 10, 2009 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    We may come to regret having a post featuring the word ‘porn’ on the front page… at least temporarily. The stuff I’ve been cleaning out of the spam can has been, ahem, revealing to say the least.

  12. Posted January 10, 2009 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I think it’s too late now. We’ll just have to be vigilant with the spam bin.

  13. Posted January 10, 2009 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    I must say this seems like a more sympathetic cause than the car industry, who were warned for over a decade that they needed to move to smaller, more efficient cars…

  14. Posted January 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

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


    Wow! I’m surprised. I thought they’d be right on it.

  15. Posted January 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Private sector or Privates sector, Mel?

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