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March 2nd 2008 - The Sunday Edition
The Lilith eZine Sunday Edition
Letter from the Editor
I am so upset I feel like screaming.
A fundamentalist Christian group called the
Canada Family Action Coalition has succeeded in convincing the Canadian
conservative government in passing a bill that will see tax refunds be
pulled for any movie that contains sex, violence or homosexuality...
basically anything that is remotely controversial. The end result is
that any Canadian film containing sex, violence or homosexuality will be censored.
A prime example is the movie "Breakfast with Scot", a comedy about
two gay men (one of which is a hockey player) raising a young boy.
On television today Charles McVety, the president of the Canada
Family Action Coalition verbally attacked the director of "Breakfast
with Scot", saying that the new bill would cut funding for such
controversial films that promote "gay propaganda". McVety
claims that the gay men in the movie molested the boy, but he obviously
hasn't even seen the movie at all. It is a COMEDY! Not a porn film.
So apparently gays and lesbians can get married in Canada, but we can't make movies about it?
the United States, Canada has a very unstable film industry. We NEED
the government tax credits to make films in Canada. Without them our
directors and producers would make their movies in the USA or overseas
where it is cheaper.
Charles McVety argues that he
doesn't want his tax dollars going towards filth and pornography...
except Canada's porn industry doesn't get these tax credits (please
note they are TAX CREDITS, not tax dollars as he claims).
Currently, the federal heritage department tax credit
program excludes talk shows, game shows, advertising, corporate videos
and pornography from receiving tax credit support. The new bill would
also exclude films containing any sexual, violent or homosexual content.
Canadian actors and movie directors are not taking this action lying down.
directors David Cronenberg and Sarah Polley are actively protesting the
proposed changes which are currently before the Canadian senate.
Under the new changes directors making any film that contains sex
or violence would be financially impossible. Canada's film industry
would fall apart and only boring non-controversial films would be made.
Anything controversial would have to be made in the USA or overseas.
It makes me so angry... I wish religious wackos would just mind
their own business. The rest of us still enjoy those movies and we have
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