The barbarians continue their attacks.

Stephen Precourt (R) of the Florida State legislature, has slipped a provision into a 75 million dollar incentive package before the Florida House of Representatives.  Designed to attract movie and television productions to the state, the bill provides tax credits to entertainment companies who operate in Florida.

Precourt has included in the bill a provision to prohibit any tax credits to any production that contains “non traditional family values”.  The provision, however, does not define what is meant by “non traditional family values”.

“Think of it as like Mayberry,” state Rep. Stephen Precourt, R-Orlando, said, referring to The Andy Griffith Show. “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?”

“Instituting 1950s-style movie censorship does nothing to support real-life families or help Florida’s struggling economy,” said Ted Howard, executive director for Florida Together.

Both quotes from the Palm Beach Post’s article, here.

Precourt apparently does not understand the nature of the entertainment industry, or how many of it’s movers and shakers are gay!  Apparently he’s one of those Republican dolts who believes those evil gays from Hollywood (California’s Hollywood…  I’m sure he thinks Florida’s Hollywood is completely straight) are primed to make our recruiting films in his state, and will do anything to keep them out.

We’ll have to see if all of the Republicans in the state House of Representatives are so myopic, or if the bill is passed, how it will be enacted without definitions of what constitutes actual “non traditional family values”.

I’m waiting to see how Ft. Lauderdale and Key West respond.

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