Hustler v. Falwell Essays and Papers

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Hustler v. Falwell

Hustler v. Falwell
Hustler Magazine versus Jerry Falwell was a case that involved many key elements. First of
all it was a case that examined if a public figure such as Jerry Falwell could collect for
emotional damages sustained to him by a parody that was published in an issue of Hustler
Magazine. Secondly, did Hustler invade Falwell's privacy by publishing the contents of the
parody? The most important aspect of the case, that was under review, was if Hustler was
in accordance with their First Amendment Rights, of freedom of speech, by publishing the

The parody in question was published in an issue of Hustler in a faux advertisement for
Campari Liqueur. In the advertisement entitled, "Jerry Falwell tells about his first
time," Falwell is portrayed as giving an interview. In the fake interview Falwell talks
about his first sexual experience, which was with his mother, and describes how he was
drunk and the experience took place in an outhouse. The interview also tells how Falwell
doesn't go out in front of the pulpit unless he's "sloshed."

The district Court found Hustler Magazine liable for Falwell's emotional distress and
granted him 100,000 dollars in damages. However, the court did rule in favor of Hustler in
that they did not invade Falwell's privacy since he was a public figure. They also ruled
against Falwell's libel claim, stating that Hustler did not publish anything that a
reasonable person would misinterpret as the facts.
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