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Adult publishers ask for US government bailout

Adult publishers Larry Flynt (Hustler) and Joe Francis (Girls Gone Wild) are asking the US government for a $5 billion bailout, claiming the adult entertainment industry is suffered badly from the economic downturn – citing the fact that XXX-rated DVD sales are down 22% from a year ago.

"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."

Francis sees his industry like the big three automakers, only bigger: "Congress seems willing to help shore up our nation's most important businesses; we feel we deserve the same consideration." Francis says he is going to Washington DC to personally make the pitch. (Source:

Story filed 12.01.09

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