Porn Industry Needs Stimulus

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Business is bad all over. Even the porn industry is requesting a bail out to see them through hard times:

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ — As the 2009 AVN Adult Expo opens in Las Vegas this week, Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis and HUSTLER magazine publisher Larry Flynt are petitioning the newly convened 111th Congress to provide a financial bailout for the adult entertainment industry along the lines of what is being sought by the Big Three automakers, a spokesperson for Francis announced today.

Adult industry leaders Flynt and Francis sent a joint request to Congress asking for $5 billion in federal assistance, “Just to see us through hard times,” Francis said. “Congress seems willing to help shore up our nation’s most important businesses, we feel we deserve the same consideration. In difficult economic times, Americans turn to entertainment for relief. More and more, the kind of entertainment they turn to is adult entertainment.”

But according to Flynt the recession has acted like a national cold shower. “People are too depressed to be sexually active,” Flynt says, “This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex.”

While not to the degree felt by banks and automakers, the Adult Entertainment industry has been hit by the effects of the economic downturn. DVD sales and rentals have decreased by 22 percent in the past year as viewers turn to the internet for adult entertainment. It is estimated that roughly half of all internet users visit adult sites, with the number of unique visitors to adult websites (including GirlsGoneWild.com and Hustler.com) has grown to more than 75 million per month.

But the “saltpeter” effect remains.

“With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind,” Flynt says, “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.”

“The popularity of adult entertainment in America has grown steadily for the past half century,” Francis says. “Its emergence into the mainstream of popular culture suggests 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.”

They just might have a stronger argument that the automotive industry. As they say, people can do without cars, but they cannot do without sex. While the problems faced by the automotive industry might be blamed on their own bad management decisions, the porn industry has faced a crack down by the Bush administration. Think Progress reports:

The Bush administration has attempted to wage an aggressive fight in the War on Porn. In fact, cracking down on “manufacturers and purveyors” of pornography was “one of the top priorities” of Alberto Gonzales while he was Attorney General, often coming before terrorism prosecutions. Looks like all it took to accomplish these goals was the decimation of the entire U.S. economy.

It figures that the Bush administration would try to shut down the one industry which normally does well in hard times. No word yet as to when Congress will begin hearings on this request. If they do, C-SPAN could be the big winner.

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  1. 1
    Gregory says:

    A hand out for a hand job?

  2. 2
    Brett says:

    Are you sure this isn’t from the Onion?

  3. 3
    Ron Chusid says:

    It is a real press release, but I’m sure they were satirizing the other bail outs when they released it.

  4. 4
    Harold says:

    This post has been featured at THEWEEK.com as Best Opinion – we really enjoyed your take on this subject!

  5. 5
    Ron Chusid says:

    Harold,

    Thanks for the link.

    Also thanks to Gun Toting Liberal, Jules Crittenden, Memeorandum, CNN’s Political Ticker, and DayLife for linking here.

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