Larry Flynt Passes Away at 78

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LOS ANGELES — Legendary adult industry pioneer and Free Speech icon Larry Flynt has passed away at 78.

The news was first announced by entertainment gossip site TMZ, and confirmed by other sources.

“Family sources tell us the mogul passed Wednesday morning in Los Angeles from heart failure,” TMZ reported in the afternoon.

A few hours later Larry Flynt Publications (LFP) released the following official announcement: “Larry Claxton Flynt Jr. passed away earlier today, Wednesday, February 10, 2021, in Los Angeles at the age of 78, from the recent onset of a sudden illness. He passed quietly in his sleep at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his wife Liz and daughter Theresa by his side.”

A One-of-a-Kind Icon

Flynt was born on Nov. 1, 1942 in LakeVille, Magoffin County, Kentucky, the man who would one day become a venerated adult entertainment mogul came from very humble beginnings. Nonetheless, the industrious Flynt pursued an eclectic blend of jobs in his youth, ranging from his enlistment in the U.S. Navy in 1960 — where he served as a radar operator for the USS Enterprise (and was on duty when it recovered John Glenn’s space capsule) — to his brief stint as a bootlegger, as well as several months spent with the Inland Manufacturing Company, an affiliate of General Motors.

Then, Flynt began paving his road to fortune in 1965 when he purchased Keewee, his mother’s Dayton, Ohio bar, with $1,800 taken from his savings. He worked grueling hours at the rowdy establishment and soon had it churning out $1,000 a week. Riding on that success, the ambitious entrepreneur opened a high-end nude dancing bar he dubbed the Hustler Club.

In the years that followed, he successfully launched more Hustler Clubs in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo, Ohio, each of which raked in several hundred thousand dollars a year.

When the 1973 oil crisis triggered a major recession, cutting into Hustler Club profits, Flynt devoted more attention to the fledgling Hustler Newsletter he had launched a year before, revamping it as a nationally distributed adult entertainment magazine — with the first newfangled issue published in July of 1974.

What had begun as a two-page, black-and-white Hustler Club promotional publication in January 1972, growing to 16 pages, then 32 pages, now expanded exponentially, even as Flynt drew ire from distributors for explicit content like “pink-shot” pics of exposed vulvas.

The catalyst that truly catapulted Flynt’s mag into the stratosphere was his acquisition of nude sunbathing photos taken by a paparazzo, of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, which he bought for $18,000 and published in the August 1975 issue. The magazine flew off the shelves, selling a million copies in a few days, and cementing Flynt’s millionaire status in the process. Eventually, the publication would go on to hit a peak circulation of around three million at the height of its popularity.

An Adult Industry Legend

In the wake of that bombshell Kennedy issue, Flynt created Larry Flynt Publications in 1976, which branched out to include various ventures such as mainstream magazines and Hustler Video productions. The brand also christened Hustler Casino, which debuted in June 22, 2000. Soon, LFP’s ever-expanding umbrella organization oversaw everything from the publication of “Barely Legal” mags to the opening of the Hustler Hollywood Store.

The magazine, however, remains one of the most widely recognized pornographic publications on the planet. Besides its graphic depictions of sex, which sets it apart from the less hardcore fare of Penthouse and Playboy, Hustler became known for its features — the “Asshole of the Month” column would administer a verbal lashing to a public figure, the “Honey Hooker” comic strip portrayed the sexual escapades of Honey (as competition for Playboy’s “Annie Fanny” and Penthouse’s “Wicked Wanda”), the “Beaver Hunt” highlighted explicit pics submitted from readers, while its controversial “Chester the Molester” cartoon delved into taboo sexual encounters with young girls tricked into compromising positions.

Given the controversy of his adult entertainment products, Flynt was ceaselessly faced with backlash from all comers, but he held his ground as a free speech crusader to the bone. When he was battling an obscenity charge in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on March 6, 1978, a sniper attacked him and his attorney as they returned to the courthouse.

Partially paralyzed due to spinal damage from the shooting, Flynt suffered tremendous pain and eventually an OD-induced stroke, leading him to don his now-infamous gold-plated wheelchair. The man who shot him, Joseph Paul Franklin, was a white supremacist serial killer incensed by an interracial photo shoot in Hustler.

Free Speech Hero

Flynt would go on to wage numerous legal battles, like his U.S. Supreme Court brawl with Reverend Jerry Falwell in the Hustler Magazine v. Falwell trial, which inspired the Academy Award-nominated “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”

Other notorious fights include Keeton vs. Hustler Magazine, where the girlfriend of Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione, Kathy Keeton, filed a libel suit against Flynt for outing her via a derogatory cartoon published in 1976, and Flynt even took on his two nephews, Jimmy Flynt II and Dustin Flynt in 2009, for using his family name on what he considered to be inferior pornography at the time.

Flynt had also a varied political trajectory, from his affiliation as a Republican presidential candidate in the 80s to his identifying as a Democrat during Bill Clinton’s presidency. A firebrand known for taking on various politicians with bounties, Flynt once offered a $1 million reward for information on Mitt Romney’s unreleased tax returns and $10 million for evidence leading to Donald J. Trump’s impeachment.

In recent years, Hustler had revamped its site and launched a line of branded vodka, while continuing to open new locations of its iconic store and crowning monthly “Hustler Honey” girls.

Industry Reactions

“Without Larry and his fight for our first amendment there would not be an adult business as we know it today,” said Doc Johnson’s Ron Braverman. “Most today do not understand the struggles Larry went through to secure our First Amendment rights. This is all his doing.”

Metro’s Ken Guarino said, “Larry and I have been friends for decades. Besides being a legend, he was fearless and innovative. We owe him a great debt for having the courage and tenacity to defend this industry always. My heartfelt condolences to his wife Liz, who has been by his side for many years.”

Paul Fishbein recalled that he “often said during the formative years of AVN that if there hadn’t been a Larry Flynt, there may not have been AVN. He really paved the way, along with Al Goldstein for us ‘younger’ publishers.”

Flynt, added the publication’s founder, “took the raps, the obscenity cases and the bullets, so that we could enjoy free speech. And that goes for the whole adult industry, who owes a huge debt of gratitude to Larry.”

Former Penthouse owner Kelly Holland said, “There were three icons of this industry: Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione and Larry Flynt. Each launched an empire in three subsequent decades and each was utterly unique in their approach.”

“As I wrote when Hugh Hefner passed,” Holland continued, “we are defined as much by our competitors as by our individual visions. And Larry had an impact on Penthouse. Larry was the ultimate disruptor and our industry’s champion of First Amendment rights. He blazed the trail we now all walk down.”

“The last of the titans is gone,” she concluded.

“Larry was a true pioneer of the adult industry, he will be truly missed,” added Kbeech’s Kevin Beechum.

‘A Remarkably Successful Businessperson’

Wicked’s Steve Orenstein hailed Flynt as “a pioneer in our industry.”

“You would be hard pressed to find a stronger advocate for freedom of speech,” Orenstein continued. “He paved the way for the rest of us to have a place and he will be missed.”

Industry attorney Jeffrey Douglas — chair of the Free Speech Coalition — described Flynt, with whom he shared stages over the years, as “a most important figure in American history, especially, but not limited to, the area of free expression.”

Douglas said it was “fortunate that the film ‘The People v. Larry Flynt’ exposed his remarkable story to a wide audience. He was political in all of his endeavors, and a remarkably successful businessperson, in real estate, gambling, marketing and an enormously wide range of magazine publishing.”

Characterizing the Hustler publisher as “irascible, idiosyncratic and astonishingly brave,” Douglas added that from his personal observations, “he lived with, but found ways to overcome, intolerable pain since the assassination attempt — yet he persevered.”

“We are lessened by the void his death has created,” Douglas concluded. “There will never be such a person again.”

XBIZ will continue updating this section with more industry reactions to Flynt’s passing.

For XBIZ World’s January 2020 cover story celebrating Larry Flynt’s life and legacy, click here. To view it in magazine format, click here.

Voodoo Toys Partners With Honey’s Place for Distribution

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LOS ANGELES — Voodoo Toys has formed a partnership to offer “an extensive range” through distributor Honey’s Place.

Honey’s Place is a great partner, and we are thrilled to be working with them,” Voodoo Brand Ambassador Danielle Seerley said. “They have such a talented and engaged team who are well-loved by our industry so collaborating with them on this partnership has been so exciting for us. Their success was created through hard work and it’s an honor to be welcomed as a partner.”

According to Honey’s Place, the distributor will be offering an extensive range of Voodoo Toys including all their bestsellers.  

“I am thrilled that we will be launching Voodoo Toys during our biggest holiday season,” said Kyle Tutino, director of purchasing. “Voodoo’s toys would make great gifts for Valentine’s Day.”

Voodoo, “a Los Angeles-based brand focused on creating products that empower women to take control of their sexual pleasure,” noted its partnership with Honey’s Place “furthers both companies’ commitment to empowering women.”

Voodoo’s range of vibrators and pleasure toys are now available at Honey’s Place.  For more information, visit Honey’s Place online, call (800) 910-3246 or email sales@honeysplace.com.

Honey’s Place Now Exclusively Distributing ‘Viben’ Collection

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SAN FERNANDO, Calif. — The Viben collection, a range of wands, rabbits, remote-controlled vibes and bullets crafted out of premium silicone and equipped with powerful motors, is available now and shipping exclusively from Honey’s Place.

“We can’t wait to sell Viben, we are all super-excited,” said a rep for the sales team at Honey’s Place. “Viben is a quality line that we can definitely stand behind.”

According to the company, a lot of time and effort went into ensuring that Viben products are functional, attractively packaged and at the right pricing point.

“We want it to appeal to everyone and to be an easy sell at the store level,” said Bonnie Feingold, the owner and CEO of Honey’s Place.

According to the company, Feingold and Kyle Tutino, Honey’s Place’s purchasing director, worked together to bring Viben to fruition.

“We worked hard on this project; now, seeing it being packed and sent to stores is very exciting and fulfilling,” Feingold said.

Viben’s packaging is designed to promote contact-free selling with custom, easy-to-read icons and a window on the back, the company said.

“The packaging was an insanely important part of the project. We wanted to address everything that retailers wanted,” Feingold recalled. “Truly reversible, eye-catching colors and sturdy packaging was something we strived to get right from its inception.”

Charlette Lopez, brand manager of Viben, said that they company wanted to make Viben sexy and fun.

“Everything that we have put together is ridiculously powerful with unique features and made with the best of materials,” she said. “Anyone that has tried our products are blown away,” said Lopez.

For more information, visit HoneysPlace.com, call (800) 910-3246 or email sales@honeysplace.com.

Honey’s Place Now Offering New ‘Penthouse Lingerie’

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SAN FERNANDO, Calif. — Honey’s Place has announced the addition of Penthouse Lingerie to its menu of offerings, including “racy chemises and two-piece sets, hosiery and sexy body stockings,” noted a rep.

“We know that many of our customers count on us to carry the newest, trendiest lingerie,” explained Kyle, director of the Honey’s Place purchasing team. “The price points are fantastic and everyone knows Penthouse. We are confident of the success of this lingerie line.”

The rep described the new apparel line as “made of soft, comfortable materials and packaged beautifully,” with “more accurate fit options for different body types.”

“We’re so proud of this collection — it’s almost too good to be true,” the rep continued. “The designs are very thoughtful and flattering and hug your body in all the right places. We already have customers requesting it.”

For more information, visit Honey’s Place online, call (800) 910-3246 or email sales@honeysplace.com.

Honey’s Place Now Offering Satisfyer’s Bluetooth-Enabled Toys

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SAN FERNANDO, Calif. — Honey’s Place has expanded its offerings with the addition of Satisfyer’s line of Bluetooth-enabled devices. 

“Satisfyer has done a great job with this line,” said Bonnie Feingold, owner of Honey’s Place. “Especially with everything going on right now, this is a wonderful answer to those consumers who can only connect with their partners from afar.”

“It brings a whole new dynamic to intimacy,” she added. 

According to a rep for the Honey’s Place sales team, “In talking to our customers, consumers want to heighten the experience of phone sex, and now they can. It’s not just innovative, it actually works.” 

Melody Cazarin, sales executive for Satisfyer, added, “We’re excited to deliver a new dimension of user experience by blending technology, sexual wellness and lifestyle. The best part is that we’ve added this incredible value at no extra cost to the consumer. Our price points remain the same and we have over 100 new products coming into this line.” 

Satisfyer Connect is compatible with Android and iOS devices and can be paired with all Satisfyer Bluetooth devices. The app can integrate with up to 12 devices and simultaneously operate up to four. In addition to a gallery of guided programs, users can create their own unique patterns and intensities.

The Satisfyer Connect app also features sound integration and gyroscope control with an Apple Watch.

“They have definitely thought of everything,” said Kyle Tutino, Honey’s Place director of purchasing. “I love that this line has so many options and so many variations; everyone can find what they are looking for with cutting-edge ingenuity.”

For more information, visit Honey’s Place online, call (800) 910-3246 or email sales@honeysplace.com.

Honey’s Place offering the Best of Bathmate

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San Fernando, CA.:  Honey’s Place is now offering Bathmate, one of the most innovative penis pump manufacturers in the industry.

“Customers have been asking us to carry Bathmate, so we listened,” said Kyle Tutino, “We will be stocking all the best selling pumps and accessories they offer in time for the holidays.”  Honey’s Place is carrying the Hydro, Hydromax, and HydroXtreme series from Bathmate.

Bathmate has proven itself to be one of the most effective pumps on the market.  Unlike other penis pumps, hydro pumps are able to create a far more effective level of pressure without any risk.  Inventor John Oakes said, “This makes for great results and generally gives you a greater feeling of sexual wellbeing and confidence.” 

“Knowing how successful these hydropumps are and the guarantee that comes with them, we are excited to be able to offer them to our customers,” says the sales team at Honey’s.  Kerri Middleton, Business Development Manager for DX Products agrees, “We are very excited to be working with Honey’s Place, They are a great company with a fantastic reputation. We feel by adding Bathmate to the Honey’s Place  portfolio both companies will be able to support their customers and to expand further in the US market.”

For more information, visit Honey’s Place online, call (800) 910-3246, email sales@honeysplace.com.

Honey’s Place Now Offering Global Novelties

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San Fernando, CA.:  Honey’s Place, one of the leading adult distributors in the industry, announces its expansion of brands to include Global Novelties LLC, a range of pleasure products created by industry veteran, Autumn O’Bryan.

Honey’s Place will be the first to fully distribute Global Novelties, a collection of quality masturbators, vibes, counter displays and kits that fit into every lifestyle.  All items within the line are beautifully packaged with environmentally friendly “zero waste” packaging.    

When asked about the partnership with Honey’s Place, “They are an ideal choice to be the first distributor to partner with. After a soft launch in July at the AVN Show, I received numerous requests from retailers wanting to carry the products with an option to utilize dropshipping. Honey’s is one of the distributors that was repeatedly requested,” O’Bryan stated. 

“And what perfect timing it is with the addition of new holiday inspired products, by Global Novelties!” says Kyle Tutino, purchasing director at Honey’s Place.  “I love her thoughtfulness of creating a line with “zero waste packaging.”  So smart!”

“Honey’s Place and I have a long-standing successful working relationship together,” says Autumn, “I am very excited to work with Bonnie and her A-Team. I look forward to getting Global Novelties’ fifty, new, fun products in zero waste packaging in front of the retailers for the first time!”  

For more information, visit Honey’s Place online, call (800) 910-3246, or email sales@honeysplace.com.

4 Tips On Making This Your Sexiest V-Day Yet

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With the day of love quickly approaching you might be stuck on how to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. You want to keep things exciting and fresh, and whether you’ve been in a relationship for years or have a special friend, Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to get instantly closer to that special someone.

If you’re not sure how to turn up the heat, don’t worry, below are some tips that will certainly strike your sweetheart with the arrow of love and leave you satisfied too!

Try Out Role-Play

Let your inner fantasies out and try role-playing for an exciting twist. Role-play can be an enjoyable way to enact your deepest desires. If you and your significant other have never attempted role-play before, then start with ideas that are easy yet effective. Ask each other what scenarios you have always fantasized about, whether that means being a bad teacher and needy student, or delivery person and risqué homeowner, and go from there! If you’re feeling festive then dress up as cupid and give your partner your arrow of love. Feeling anxious is natural and if the acting is worrying you then don’t complicate yourself with a complex backstory, keep things simple. Role-play is all about spicing up your environment, maximizing the pleasure and having remarkable sex.

Experiment With Each Other

Sexy time is an essential part of any healthy coupling, you want to be able to make your partner feel extraordinary all night long. However, if you feel as though you’ve hit a dry patch in the bedroom then let Valentine’s Day be the perfect opportunity to shake things up. Experiment with things like tingling lube to intensify the experience or soft bondage if you want to crank things up a notch. When it comes to experimenting with sex, the possibilities are endless, so it’s important to go in with an open mind. Now’s also the time to address any bedroom issues you may have so nothing comes between you and your partner on Valentine’s Day. If you struggle with getting in the mood, a prescription medication like addyi can help treat low libido in women and get you back in the swing of things. Or, if you’re concerned about sex-related nervousness causing premature ejaculation, then try a topical spray that can help prolong and improve sexual performance in men. Don’t shy away from sexual experimentation because chances are, you will be feeling the love all night long.

Shake Up Date Night

If dinner and a movie are your usual date night plans, use February 14th to stray from your routine. Celebrate your love and go out on the town, go dancing or see live music that will get your hips shaking! This experience will not only put a smile on your sweetheart’s face but will get them excited to rush home and hop in bed. If you’re looking to stay in, try playing a sexy card game that will leave you both performing your wildest fantasies. Doing something out of the ordinary will make spending quality time with that special someone so much sweeter.

Get Creative With Gifts

Before you go blowing your last paycheck on a giant teddy bear and chocolates, think outside the heart-shaped box and get creative with your Valentine’s Day gifts. Make a deal to buy each other one gift you can incorporate in the bedroom. This will help set the mood for the rest of the night and leave you both craving a sexual surprise! If you aren’t sure where to start, consider purchasing a couple’s kit that includes all the basics for beginners. If you’re looking for something more tamed, you can never go wrong with purchasing massage oils to perfectly kick things off for the night. Getting creative doesn’t have to cost much, make your own naughty coupon book that can be redeemed at any point of the night!  Whether you’re thinking about buying your special someone seductive lingerie or something on the kinkier side, make sure you put the time and effort into finding the perfect gift.

Roses are red, violets are blue, don’t forget to make this V-Day sexy for your partner and you. Valentine’s Day can come with a lot of added pressure, from the gifts to the date you might not know where to start. A good starting point is always sex, and while you’re at making the rest of the night memorable, don’t overlook your time between the sheets!

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