Florida recently introduced a bill with a curious clause that would modify their tax credit for shooting films in the state to disqualify movies with “nontraditional family values.” Many film people balked, because if ABC Family is any indication, traditional family values means an awful laugh track and Bill Engvall.
The bill, unanimously endorsed last week by a key legislative committee, is part of a larger $75-million incentive program aimed at luring film and entertainment jobs to the state.
Hollywood’s chief lobbying arm also expressed disapproval.
Responding to the furor, the Florida Senate is poised to remove the controversial language from the bill this week and the House is expected to follow suit.
In a recent interview, the chief backer of the Florida bill, Rep. Stephen Precourt (R-Orlando) said “Think of it like Mayberry,” Precourt said, invoking the fictional community that was the setting for “The Andy Griffith Show,” the iconic 1960s sitcom. “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.”
Currently, “family friendly” is defined for the tax credit’s purposes as content that would be considered suitable for children and did not exhibit “any act of smoking, sex, nudity, or vulgar or profane language.” The proposed change adds “gratuitous violence” and “nontraditional family values” to the definition but doesn’t explain those terms. [LA Times Blog]
Oh yeah, I remember Mayberry. My favorite part was when they shot Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy and all the hippies got their ass beat at the democratic convention, and Southeast Asia got bombed. But I think Disney movies are the perfect punishment for this idiot. Have fun taking your gay kid to dance class, homophobe.
(The 2016 Florida State High School Basketball Championship)
…Or maybe we should just stop electing guys that learned their history from Don Knotts. And to L.A., God forbid you make it cheaper to shoot movies in your town. I guess there’s always those other industries you’re known for that can support the economy. Like, uh, baristas, and… tattooing.