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The Cocoanut Grove Revisited

January 04, 1998|IRENE LACHER

Real people such as yourselves are invited to submit questions and discussion topics in advance on Flynt's Freedom Radio Web page-- But what's a talk show without guests? Larry's Ed will be his attorney, Alan Isaacman. The first lineup is Bill Maher, a Flynt buddy and host of "Politically Incorrect"; Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union and author of "Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex and the Fight for Women's Rights" (Scribner, 1995); conservative columnist and commentator Arianna Huffington, who wants to use the forum to protest child pornography on the Internet; and Marcia Ann Gillespie, editor in chief of Ms. Magazine.

"That should be interesting," he says. "She hates everything I stand for."

Uh, yeah.

"I'm still of two minds about whether I'm going to do it," Gillespie says. "I do know there's a need for an opposing point of view. But the question that keeps coming to my mind is, so Larry Flynt gets a radio show to talk about the 1st Amendment. Have we really fallen in love with the movie? Is this life imitating art? It's a sick world. He has used freedom in a way that demeans women, that demeans men, that demeans people. Does one further legitimize Larry Flynt by taking part in this at all? There's something extraordinarily ironic and somewhat distasteful about this whole thing.

"Maybe after this quote appears in the paper they'll say, 'We don't want her."'

Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. . . .

An afterthought: We hereby bestow upon Larry Flynt the title of Most Tasteless Christmas Card Sender on the Planet. Not even if you beg are we going to tell you. OK, we'll say this--another recipient was so flipped out that she wouldn't take the card out of her handbag because she was afraid to put it down anywhere.

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