Larry Flynt is a polarizing figure. I mean, is the dude a champion of free speech and an anti-censorship hero or is he a smut peddling monster?! It depends on who you ask. I just did a bit of googling to find some interesting things to say about the man and all the info I found is really troubling.
I was ready to call him a hero, but all I really knew about the guy I learned from watching The People vs. Larry Flynt when it came out in 1996 and by all accounts that movie was a bit one-sided. It’s hard to tell what’s true and what isn’t, who do you believe the anti-pornography detractors, his estranged daughter, the First Amendment worshipers?
I just read an article on Jezebel that said he lost his virginity to a chicken, which he then killed because the poor thing was bleeding, when he was 9 years old. That alone is pretty disturbing and that’s not even the worst of the allegations I’ve read against Larry Flynt, but I’m not here to talk about whether Larry Flynt is a perv or a hero.
I’m here to talk about how every member of Congress has been getting a monthly issue of Hustler Magazine since 1983, which to be honest I think is kind of hilarious. Apparently, the skin mag arrives in a plain envelop making it unrecognizable to the the intern who’s in charge of opening the mail.
By now, every staffer working for Congress is well aware of the monthly delivery, but there’s always a new intern or staffer to prank, so it’s not uncommon to see the new guy start to sweat a little when he accidentally opens up Hustler in the congressional office.
This has been going on for more than thirty years and there’s nothing Congress can do about it and it’s not like they haven’t tried. In 1984, 264 congressional offices filled a complaint against Hustler, but the U.S. Postal Service was unable to block the delivery of the monthly magazine when the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that doing so would be illegal.
It’s not like anyone in Congress is forced to read it, they are free to do with the magazine what they wish. Besides a few pranks here and there, most congressional offices just trash the skin mag, but I’ve read a story where month after month the magazines were stored and when an insane amount were amassed they were shipped to our troops overseas. God save us all.
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