“From the beginning, I have refused to compromise my editorial content for anyone, other than my readers,” Larry Flynt wrote in HUSTLER’s December ’75 Publisher’s Statement, explaining the necessity of a price increase if the magazine was to survive the loss of “advertisers, retailers, wholesalers or any other would-be censor.” That same issue included this groundbreaking interracial layout.
In March 6, 1978, a white supremacist outraged over the photos attempted to assassinate Mr. Flynt. “I saw that interracial couple he had, photographed there, having sex. It just made me sick. I think whites marry with whites, blacks with blacks, Indians with Indians, Orientals with Orientals. I threw the magazine down and thought, I’m gonna kill that guy,” Joseph Paul Franklin, convicted serial killer, told CNN in November 2013. The shooting left Mr. Flynt in a wheelchair.