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Constitutional Law Keyed to Feldman
Hustler Magazine v. Falwell
Citation:485 U.S. 46 (1988)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Hustler Magazine v. Falwell
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Hustler Magazine ran a parody of an advertisement. The parody was modeled after actual ads that included interviews with various celebrities about their “first times.”Hustler chose Falwell, a nationally known minister and commentator on public affairs and printed an interview revealing his first time was with his mother. In small print at the bottom of the page, the ad contained the disclaimer. “Ad parody – not to be taken seriously.” The magazine also listed the ad as fiction.
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