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Lost Ogle Q&A: Larry Flynt


A couple of months ago, I was hit up by our new friends at Oklahoma City's Hustler Hollywood to see if I would like to interview Hustler Founder and Publisher Larry Flynt. As a fledgling, independent web publisher who's been sued by squares who don't appreciate irreverent satire and parody, I couldn't turn down the opportunity to talk with a hero and mentor.

Larry Flynt was born in Kentucky in 1942. At the age of...

You know what, do I really need to write the paragraph background for this guy? We've all seen The People Vs. Larry Flynt, right? We know his bio and life story.

Originally, this Q&A was supposed to coincide with a promotional visit by Mr. Flynt to The OKC Hustler Store, but he decided to come to town on the downlow instead. I guess you can't blame him. If I lived out of state, I wouldn't brag about or publicize a business trip to Oklahoma City either. Well, unless I worked for the New York Times. Then I would be all over it.

Since we missed his visit, I thought saving the Q&A for the week of Valentine's would be timely and fun, so here it is. Unlike our most recent Q&A with Governor Fallin, it's real...

Q: It’s good to hear you’re coming to Oklahoma! What made you open up a sex shop in the most Bibliest part of the Bible Belt?

A: The Bible Belt area of the country spends more money on sexual paraphernalia than all the rest of the country put together. There’s nothing better for sales in our stores than sexual repression. You guys do a great job of it in Oklahoma.

Q: Have you considered opening a second Oklahoma location in Tulsa near Oral Roberts University just for the sake of irony?

A: Well, I don’t know about the irony, but, if we could find a good location, we’d be happy to open one.

Q: I have an idea for a porn parody movie that includes a prominent Oklahoma politician, a female meteorologist, several state troopers, a fireman, a guy dressed as a mailbox and the Pioneer Woman. Who do I send the script to?

A: Not me.

Q: Actually, do scripts even matter in porn anymore? Is it a lost art?

A: Absolutely they matter, especially since more women watch porn than ever before. Dialogue and plot are becoming an essential part of women’s preference over the raw sex that men prefer. I think, as women continue to express more and more interest in the quality of porn, you’re gonna see much better productions.

Q: What’s the difference between art and pornography? Asking for a friend.

A: It’s in the eye of the beholder. It’s my feeling that pornography is the purest form of art that exists. All the old masters had a penchant for painting pornography in some abstract form or another. If you frequent art museums around the country, or the world for that matter, you often see more pornography in the art museums than you do elsewhere.

Q: Do you know who the Video Vigilante is? He’s the guy who walks the streets of Oklahoma City filming prostitutes with Johns and then shows the video on the Maury Povich Show. Would you consider hiring him as a cameraman?

A: No.

Q: I’ve been sued twice for a couple of parody posts I’ve written, and after this Q&A, I imagine I’ll probably be sued again. Next time it happens, can I borrow your attorney?

A: No.

Q: What advice would you give to a 36-year-old perverted publisher who makes a living by making fun of politicians and ogling local TV news starlets?

A: Be persistent.

Q: Do you still keep in touch with Woody Harrelson? If so, did he share any True Detective spoilers, or at least tell you how awful the ending was going to be?

A: Yes. No.

Q: Has it always been Hustler? When you were coming with the name, what were the other alternatives?

A: Macho.

Q: Who’s your favorite Oklahoma Porn Star? Bibi Jones? Jesse Jane? Ashlynn Brooke? Stacey Valentine? There are plenty to choose from.

A: I know them all. They’re all great, but I don’t have a favorite.

Q: Actually, Oklahoma is really good at putting out Miss Americas and Porn Stars. Why do you think that is?

A: They’re all corn-fed girls, and that’s what the country wants.

Q: Final question. Will OKC ever get a Hustler Strip Club?

A: We’re workin’ on it.


Short, sweet and to the point. Thanks for the Q&A, Mr. Flynt. Check out more about the Oklahoma City Hustler Store by clicking here.

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