Perry Denies Rodriguez Incentives

Have you checked the headlines in today’s Austin-American Statesman?

Texas Film Commission has denied incentives for “Machete,” the controversial immigration-related feature film from Robert Rodriguez’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios

Reasons: Katherine Cesinger, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, says its inappropriate content portrays Texans in a “negative fashion.”

I wonder what she’s wearing right now.  My guess? A red shoulder-padded suit with a matching handbag containing only two items inside: a sad, shriveled Texas flag and Rick Perry’s equally described excuse for balls. (ouch!)

According to screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez, at The Austin Film Society’s panel at Austin Comic-Con this past November, Robert chose to film Machete in Austin in order to give jobs to native Texans, and to help stimulate our economy.  Machete reportedly brought in $10 million in box office sales.  Shouldn’t Gov. P be kissing Rodriguez’s feet right about now?  He practically did Perry’s job for him.

Apparently, the film subject—illegal immigration and government corruption/conspiracies— hit too close to home.

While my feelings on Perry and how he chooses to handle border control are not the point of contention, my feelings on art, Texas image, and what this decision to deny funding has on the future films set in Texas, does.

Perry is practically setting the precedent for other directors, saying “Yes, please set your film in our state… but only if it makes me, and my fellow Texans, look good with our smokin’ hot censorship and power-driven defenses.  Did I mention we look damn fancy in cowboy hats?”

I have a better idea: let’s pull our money together, hire Michael Moore to showcase why this man, and all of his decisions, blow, so that Perry bans the documentary from Texas theaters, thus forcing all the residents to secretly sneak off to California to see it, realize California is way cooler (and less humid), completely deplete Texas economy and our funds for border control, so that a group of hot shot illegal immigrants can hunt him down with machetes. . .

Okay.  Bad idea.  I actually like Texas.  Most of the time.  When we allow art to cultivate community, raise questions, seek truth, and comment on the situations we face as individuals and as a country based on freedom.

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5 Responses to Perry Denies Rodriguez Incentives

  1. kimmerlyaj says:

    By the way, this is my (Amanda Kimmerly’s) opinion, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the rest of We Put Words on Paper. 🙂

  2. Christine says:

    Yes! Trying to censor stuff (especially when it’s something that needs to be be heard) is never the right thing!! Go AK!

  3. Jaclyn says:

    Furthermore, from a business/political perspective Perry should be more concerned with job creation and economy stimulation rather than “image”. Texans can look bad in a film made in Oklahoma, Kansas, New York or any of the other 50 states, not to mention other countries. Annnnnd, this has nothing to do with my undying love for Robert Rodriguez and his innovative film making. This type of grant revocation is an indicator that Texas is not stuck in an era of artistic censorship, that is reminiscent of the censorship that takes place in North Korea or Cuba. Leaders who influence media, in any fashion, are basically concluding that their citizens are too stupid to make decisions of their own. Yayyyyy communism.

  4. tomastadon says:

    Unfortunately, I believe the commission is legally justified in denying any picture they find inappropriate. However, I can’t agree with their reasoning and feel that the reaction shows an inordinately defensive stance. You hit the nail on the head that the depictions of this obviously over the top film’s antagonists seems to have hit a little close to home for some.

    What is also implied here is that even a satire of the immigration issue criticizing the involvement of corrupt or racially biased individuals on a high level is unacceptable. That the decision was made to discourage the unfavorable depiction of Texans but penalizes a film shaming those who would make Texans as a whole look bad is shortsighted to say the least. Robert Rodriguez makes films that (while not everyone seems to enjoy) makes some amount of people excited about filmmaking and more importantly, excited about filmmaking in Texas.

  5. Christopher says:

    Posted the story to metafilter.com

    They had some interesting things to say about the matter. I had to defend the Texas film industry. People have no respect.

    I am going to move to California. Thanks for the great idea.

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