I often write about the absurdity of film subsidies and in the United States, one of the biggest offenders is the state of Louisiana which offers a 35% subsidy for film and television shows that shoot there. This is sort of why you probably see so many shows with Louisiana-based themes like Duck Dynasty.
This subsidy also goes to pay cast salaries which reportedly is $200,000 per episode. That means the Louisiana taxpayer cut Duck Dynasty producers a check of about $70,000 per episode for each cast member which was mentioned on a thread earlier this year. One of the cast members, Phil Robertson recently got into trouble with some very anti-gay remarks.
Mr. Robertson is allowed to have whatever anti-gay view he wants and A&E is allowed to give him a show or not at their discretion. The major problem I see here is that the Louisiana taxpayer is forced to endorse his view by providing funding of 35% for their show. This is in a state where a recent poll showed that 9 out of 10 residents oppose gay and transgender discrimination.
Furthermore, in general these film subsidies have been a big money loser in Louisiana. I pointed out earlier this year that the state loses a whopping -85% on the amount they dole out.