Help!? The People Vs. Larry Flynt Question?
Hey guys. You know the movie, The People Vs. Larry Flynt. I would like to know something.
What are some of the things in the movie that is related to the first amendment? can you tell me how they appeared in the movie. And this there a court case similar to the one in the movie?
- DragonfighterLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
The central court case refers to the first amendment, as the lower court found that the parody ad printed by Hustler magazine was not libel as no reasonable person would believe that it was anything other than a parody. The lower court did award Jerry Falwell damages based on emotional distress and the Supreme Court case was is respect of these damages. The SCOTUS found that the because the Hustler was found not guilty of libel it could not be liable for damages based on emotional distress.
The first amendment allows for the parodying of public figures as part of the price if fame.
The actual case was Hustler Magazine v Falwell. The case does reference New York Times Company v. Sullivan which is seen as vital in the cause of press freedom.