Freedom – The People Vs. Larry Flynt

Film:  The People Vs. Larry Flynt
Year:  1996
Screenplay: Scott Alexande & Larry Karaszewski
Role: Alan Isaacman
Actor:  Edward Norton
Length: approx. 1 minute 30 seconds minimum


I am not tryna convince you that you should like what Larry Flynt does. I don’t like what Larry Flynt does… but what I do like, is that I live in a country where you and I can make that decision for ourselves. I like that I live in a country where I can pick up Hustler magazine and read it if I want to or throw it in the garbage can if that’s where I think it belongs. Or better yet I could exercise my opinion and not buy it. I like that I have that right, I care about it and you should are about it too. You really should, because we live in a free country. You know, we say that a lot but I think sometimes we forget, really what that means so listen to it again… We live in a free country.And that is a powerful idea, that;s a magnificent way to live… but there is a price for that freedom which is that sometimes we have to tolerate things that we don’t necessarily like.
So go back in that room where you are free to think about whatever you want to think about Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine. But then ask yourselves if you want to make that decision for the rest of us because the freedom that everyone in this room enjoys, is in a very real way in your hands. And if we start throwing up walls against what some of us think is obscene, we may very well wake up one morning and realise that walls have been thrown up in all kinds of places that we never expected and we can’t see anything, or do anything. And that’s not freedom!