The other night on NPR, I heard a story about the Sundance Film Festival, and some push-back it had received from a conservative think tank in Utah, where the festival is held. Some of the folks at the think tank don't like the idea of state subsidies to the festival, in particular because of the nature of some of the films shown there. Paul Mero, president of the think tank had this to say:
"A lot of these film festivals are held in major cities and elite enclaves. In those circles, maybe it complements their values," Mero says. "But these highly sexualized films don't complement the values of most Americans, let alone Utahans."
Robert Redford, who started the festival, responded by pointing out all the economic benefits Utahans get from the festival and the influx of visitors. But I wonder whether Mero is right that the films "don't complement the values of most Americans," and I wonder how he would know that.