Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Florida, the Sunshine Hate

     Are you still sitting that feature length spec of Chip 'n Dale Take Key West?  Looking to shoot the next great Brokeback Mountain or Six Feet Under in Florida?  Well, if Rep. Stephen Precourt gets his way you can go elsewhere, because to him homosexuality is not "family friendly."  Gays in the media are as dangerous and damaging as smoking, sex, nudity, profane language, and gratuitous violence.  I guess that rumored upcoming Disney World vacation for the Mad Men firm is out.

     The Miami New Times reports:

     Well, our hopes for a sequel to The Birdcage just got dampened. That's because a new bill that increases tax incentives to lure television and movie production to Florida would deny those tax breaks to films that feature gay characters. And unlike the ultraconservative Republican politician in The Birdcage, it doesn't seem the bill's sponsor, Rep. Stephen Precourt, will have a change of heart anytime soon.
     Current laws prevent tax breaks for films that feature smoking, sex, nudity, or profane language. The proposed changes make Florida guidelines seem even more like the Hays Code that censored Hollywood from the the '30s to the '60s. Thankfully, Precourt hasn't borrowed more ideas from that censorship office and written in language that would also disallow interracial relationships, suggestive dancing, and "lustful kisses."
     What is Precourt's reasoning?  The Florida AP reports:
     The proposal by Republican Rep. Stephen Precourt of Orlando would increase the credit and expand the field of disqualified productions as those that include any "exhibit or implied act" of nontraditional family values and gratuitous violence.
     Precourt says he's not targeting the gay community but that shows with gay characters would not be something he'd want "to invest public dollars in."
     Florida Together director Ted Howard says "instituting 1950s-style movie censorship does nothing to support real-life families."
     Of course, Mr. Precourt is "not targeting the gay community," but would he be able to get away with such a law if he were representing all the people who don't want their tax dollars invested in fundamentalist Christian-themed films?  I doubt it.

     Does this mean that everything even remotely gay has to be removed from Disney World?  Good luck with that one.

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