Man, that headline sounds as if it would hurt, no? One person it has really hurt is filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and his Troublemaker Studios. It seems that there is truth to the saying that everything is bigger in Texas. Including screw jobs.
As per The Statesman:
“The Texas Film Commission has denied incentives for “Machete,” the controversial immigration-related feature film from Robert Rodriguez’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios.
In a brief, formal letter dated Dec. 1 and released Wednesday by Katherine Cesinger , a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, the Texas Film Commission cited part of a state code that says requests for film incentives can be denied “because of inappropriate content or content that portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion.”
The letter was signed by Carol Pirie , deputy director of the commission, and dated one day after former commission director Bob Hudgins resigned amid government findings that he sexually harassed female employees — accusations that he has denied.
The letter to Troublemaker did not detail why the commission made its findings, and Pirie did not have further comment Wednesday. But the movie, which was released Sept. 3, features a fictional Texas politician who is stoking violent anti-immigration fervor for financial and political gain.
A representative for “Machete” producer Elizabeth Avellán said Wednesday that Avellán and Rodriguez were traveling after recently wrapping up shooting on “Spy Kids 4″ and that they were unavailable for comment.”
Yeah, because everyone knows that Machete is deeply rooted in reality and completely accurate in its portrayal of characters gutting folks and swinging out of windows by their entrails. Seriously, Texas Film Commission? Go fuck yourself.
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