The headline of an article published online yesterday at Le Monde (linked article is in French, but I'll translate the pertinent bits in a bit) reports that Larry Flynt wants to "provoke Republicans with an X-rated film about Sarah Palin." The article begins as follows:
Larry Flynt has never hesitated to put his two cents into American politics. The head of the Hustler group, which includes pornographic movies as well as casinos and seductive magazines, is known to be close to the Democratic Party, but above all as an antagonist to the conservative Christian right. Consequently, it came as no surprise to anyone that, after the nomination of Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket, Flynt, who sees himself as an apostle of freedom of expression, wanted to make an X-rated film, not very subtly entitled "Who's Nailin' Paylin?," including a representation of the governor of Alaska.
The First Amendment gives Larry Flynt the right to make whatever kinds of movies he wants, to call them whatever he wants, and to cast in them anyone he wants and whose fees he can afford. And there are certainly plenty of reasons to mock Sarah Palin--from her galactic ignorance of, well, everything, to the $150,000 the Republican National Committee spent to put lipstick on this particular pig of a candidate.
But making a pornographic movie featuring (presumably) an actress picked for her resemblance to Palin? That's the kind of slime the Republicans are famous for, and we Democrats shouldn't emulate them in that. Leaving aside the question of whether or not pornography is automatically degrading to women, the intent here is pretty clearly to degrade Mrs. Palin. I think she does a fine job of degrading herself whenever she deigns to appear on television and starts talking--and Larry Flynn should just let her hoist herself on her own petard. No need to throw her an anchor, she's carrying plenty of her own.
Imagine the reaction we'd have had if some sleazy Republican porn producer (and I'm sure there are a few of them out there) had decided to make a porno involving Hillary Clinton. We shouldn't be any less outraged at the idea of one featuring a Palin clone.