Texas Denies Film Incentive Based On Content

Texas – The Texas Film Commission has denied state incentives to motion picture director Robert Rodriguez's film satire "Machete."

The commission, which is based in Gov. Rick Perry's office, said in a letter last week that it was denying funding based on a state law provision that allows for denial of incentives if the film "portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion."

Conservatives blasted the film, which stars Robert De Niro. The conservatives contend the film endorses Mexican immigrant revenge killing and would spark racial violence, even though the story of a Mexican assassin out for revenge was widely considered to be satire.

The film was released in September. The Texas law allowing for film incentives was passed to encourage movie makers to film in Texas.

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