08 January, 2009

The economic line between fiction and farce

I don't like this business of bailouts, but surely this story is some kind of attention-getting parody:

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.
I wasn't aware that the "adult entertainment industry" was a "major American industry, let along a "cherished" one:
…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.
One of these jokers is the same one who is suing his own family for, of all things, "entering the family business".
Larry Flynt is taking his nephews to court to stop them from slapping the Flynt name on what he considers to be low-quality porn… The nephews—who worked for Flynt for more than a decade before he fired them for being unproductive—say their uncle just has "inferiority issues" and promise that their films will surpass anything Hustler's ever done.
Maybe he needs the bailout to afford the legal bills over the family name trademark?

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