As Florida lawmakers work on a $75 million package designed to entice film and TV productions to the state (the “Entertainment Industry Economic Development Act”), they have inserted a provision to ensure films that “exhibit or imply ... 'nontraditional family values'” do not benefit from the new initiative.
Said Rep. Stephen Precourt (R-Orlando): “(Shows with gay characters) would not be the kind of thing … we want to invest public dollars in (sic).” Precourt added that the films he’d like to see made in Florida would be reminiscent of “Mayberry.”
This begs questions about exactly which aspects of Mayberry appeal to him:
- The recidivist town alcoholic?
- The medicated-almost-to-the-point-of-being-comatose barber?
- The special-needs auto mechanic?
The Andy Griffith Show was a wonderful TV programme, but it was always a fantasy. It’s time for Precourt and his pals in Tallahassee to come back to reality – and lose the self-righteous attitude while they're at it.
PS: Liberal, gay, godless filmmakers: Y’all come back to Florida now, ya hear?