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precarious since 1997 | by maryann johanson

because no one smoked or swore in the 1960s

Florida lawmakers are hoping to withhold tax incentives from any film production in the state that intends to result in a movie unsuitable for kindergartners. A production that wishes to receive credits must be “family friendly”:

A certified production determined by the Commissioner of Film and Entertainment, with the advice of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, to be family-friendly… Family-friendly productions are those that have cross-generational appeal; would be considered suitable for viewing by children age 5 or older… and do not exhibit or imply any act of smoking, sex, nudity, nontraditional family values, gratuitous violence, or vulgar or profane language. Under the current incentive program, review of the final release version is not required and nontraditional family values, gratuitous violence, and implied acts do not exclude a film from receiving this additional credit.

Is “sex” a “nontraditional family value?” Where do these people think families come from, anyway?

As always with such idiocy, it gets worse:

State representative Stephen Precourt, whose district includes Disney World, says the purpose of the credit is to encourage movies to depict cinematic life from the 1960s. “Think of it as like Mayberry,” Precourt told the Palm Beach Post News. “That’s when I grew up — the ’60s. That’s what life was like. I want Florida to be known for making those kinds of movies: Disney movies for kids and all that stuff. Like it used to be, you know?”

See? Life was a paradise in the 1960s. Husbands never hit wives — or perhaps smacking around a woman who does not know her place qualifies as a traditional family value — no violent robberies occurred, no black man was beaten up and left for dead because of the color of his skin, and no one was ever naked, not for the entire decade.

But wait, there’s more:

Precourt claims that his provision does not specifically target movies with gay characters but “asked if shows with gay characters should get the tax credit, he said, ‘That would not be the kind of thing I’d say that we want to invest public dollars in.’”

Well, obviously. Because everyone knows that David Bowie invented homosexuality in 1973. Duh.

This has been your WTF Thought for the Day.



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