Nearly $100 million worth of reserved tax
credits in California went to the production of two television shows that have allegedly
promoted suicide and teenage sexual promiscuity, according to government
Government watchdog organization Open the Books
recently reported that California’s Film and TV Tax Credit program awarded $45.8 million
in reserved tax credits to the first four seasons of the Netflix drama 13
Reasons Why and $48.4 million to the first three seasons of the HBO
Taxpayer dollars well spent?
13 Reasons Why chronicles
the factors leading to a high-school student’s decision to take her own life--
and was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicides of Americans age 10-17 just
one month after the show’s 2017 debut, according to a study by the
National Institutes of Health (NIH).
for its part, follows a queer teenage girl’s struggles with drug addiction,
sexual relationships, and other issues, and has been accused of intentionally
marketing extremely graphic adult content, including sex, violence, profanity
and drug use, to teens and preteens.
California’s governor, Gavin “Slick” Newsome, of
French Laundry infamy, claims to have made the mental health of teenagers a top
concern, yet he hasn’t spoken out against either series. Quite the contrary, in
fact. The ultra-modern leader of the erstwhile Land of Milk and Honey recently
said in support of expanding the Film and TV Tax Credit Program: “As
other states roll back peoples’ rights, California will continue protecting
fundamental freedoms for all and welcome businesses that stand up for their employees.“
And perversity. Because, in Newsome’s twisted mind, “fundamental freedoms”
doesn’t refer to the freedom of speech or the right to bear arms, but instead
means the freedom/right to have the money you earned confiscated to subsidize
television shows that are detrimental—and possibly deadly—to young people.
Netflix, not satisfied with its close relationship
with Barack and Michelle Obama, happens to be a significant donor to Newsome’s
political campaign. Paramount-- and HBO’s parent company, Warner Brothers
Discovery—also donate a great deal of money to help Newsome in his political
campaigns. Might just be coincidence.
taxpayer money to fund one show that encourages promiscuity, and another that leads
folks to kill themselves seems a bit of a weird mix. Procreate. Kill yourself.
Might make perfect sense to the government, though.