Like It Used To Be, You Know

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Feel free to replace the term “nontraditional family values” with “anything to do with those godawful gay people.”

Lawmakers in Florida are hoping to pass a $75 million incentive package to attract movie studios to film in Florida, but a little noticed provision could deny tax credits to movies that feature gay or other “nontraditional family values.”

Here is the relevant provision:

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.

It seems somewhat bizarre that the tastes of a five-year-old would be the standard by which cinema becomes acceptable. But hey, it gets even more sick…

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?

Wow. This guy wants to take the country back to the 1960s where, in his mind anyway, life was pure and wonderful and dad worked while mom cooked all day and Opey played with his buddies down at the swimming pond or fishing hole or whatever they called it back then.  A time when ads like this were acceptable.  Got it.

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Comments

  1. Morton Weiss says:

    The 60′s may have been great for this fool,but he must have been brain dead when it came to the Black mans’ life.

  2. janine says:

    Wow, I am continually surprised by the group of Republicans that want to catapult us back in time. What is with this obsession? And don’t think it will stop at the 1960s either. They will not be happy until women no longer are in control of their bodies, don’t have the right to vote, and corporations and financial institutions no longer have any economic or environmental guidelines……

  3. tbone says:

    Yeah, the GOP always wants to take us back to a time when union membership and tax rates were far higher than today. And here in the present they crush unions and slash taxes. Gotta love ‘em.

  4. goatboyslim says:

    Of course, the 60′s were also a time when union membership was at a near peak, LSD was legal-for a while- and the Democrats still pretended they represented the working class. Oh yeah, and the crazies weren’t in control of the Republican party. And by the way, Walt Disney was a right-wing reactionary who believed in keeping women barefoot and pregnant, and thought McCarthy was right-oh wait, that explains everything.

  5. MIstlethrush says:

    This ‘Back in the good old days’ mentality that the GOP continuously refers to (Pleasantville, anyone?) is nothing but a fabrication. Mayberry wasn’t a real place. How foolish can you get?

  6. BORICUA says:

    @goatboyslim
    I did not know that about Disney. Well it does not surprise me. It was my Dad’s mentality. Never let my mom work or drive. Then leaves her after 20 year marriage and she is clueless and inexperienced in the work force. Not fair. Thank God we succeeded in doing as much as we have accomplished.

    I tell my young friends that the women of the 60s paved the way for them. I tell them how it was and they stand there perplexed. Yes it was kind of frightening now that you think of it.

  7. Northern Exposed says:

    Funny, but I don’t remember seeing any black people living in Mayberry- it was North Carolina, right? Hmmmm….

  8. STEVE ALLEN says:

    And gas was .35 a gallon, and we could push around any nation we wanted. Women wore skirts, separate drinking fountains, smoking on airplanes, dogs hated cats, no TV. No Rusty Limbotomy. Oh wait- let’s not go crazy!
    Remember when you bought that TV, it was made in America. So was your car, refrigerator, etc. Then those dirty hippie liberals with their “civil rights” had to change our lovely white heaven and then thinking machines and today it’s just so hard to be white. Thank Foreign Owned Xcasting for bringing back Otis (Beck) and Lassie (Hannity).

  9. Paul W. Luscher says:

    “Mayberry,” huh? “Like it used to be,”huh? I am always amazed at how many Americans–of the conservative bent– seem to want to live in the past, rather than deal with the reality of now.

    This type of retrograde thinking not only leads to an inability to deal effectively with the problems of today, and of tomorrow,too, but makes us the laughingstock of the rest of the world. We’re fighting pitched battles over issues which they solved–progressively–long ago…