Sex or War – The People Vs. Larry Flynt

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


Thank you! Thank you! I have a thought for you. Murder is illegal. But you take a picture of somebody commitin’ the act of murder and that puts you on the cover of Newsweek. You mighta even won a Pewletzer prize… and yet, sex is legal. Everybody’s doin’ it, everybody wants to be doin’ it… huh? Yet, you take a picture of two people in the act of sex, or just take a picture of a woman’s naked body and they’ll put you in jail.
Now, I have a message for all you good moral Christian people who are complaining that breasts and vaginas are obscene, hey don’t complain to me.. complain to the manufacturer, okay. And although Jesus told us not to judge I know you gonna judge anyway so judge sanely. Judge with your eyes open. What do you consider obscene? Is this obscene to you? Or perhaps that’s obscene to you? Or maybe this is obscene – to you? But what is more obscene? This, or this? This, or this? You know, politicians or demagogues like to say that sexually-explicit material corrupts the youth of our country. And yet they lie, cheat and start unholy wars. Look at ’em. They call themselves men. They’re sheep in a herd.

I think the real obscenity comes from raisin’ our youth to believe that sex is bad and ugly and dirty and yet it is heroic to go spill guts and blood in the most ghastly manner in the name of humanity. With all the taboos attached to sex, it’s no wonder we have the problems we have. It’s no wonder we’re angry and violent and genocidal. But ask yourself the question. What is more obscene? Sex or war?