[Hustler publisher Larry] Flynt and [Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe] Francis concede the industry itself is in no financial danger — DVD sales have slipped over the past year, but Web traffic has continued to grow.
But the industry leaders said the issue is a nation in need. "People are too depressed to be sexually active," Flynt said in the statement. "This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex."
"With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind. It's time for congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America. The only way they can do this is by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly."
So, the adult industry doesn't exactly need the money, but they want the money to put out more pornography so America can ... uh ... "rejuvenate its sexual appetite." Good luck with that.
I'm pretty sure there is a line in the sand when it comes to government-funded stimulus-es. Viagra to Afghan warlards, yes. Porn industry bailout, not so much.