That's why you should visit the hell out of Florida, baby!
This is the dystopian world in which Floridians now live: Thanks in part to the deregulatory actions of Gov. Rick Scott and the right-wing Legislature, the state's coasts are clogged with toxic sludge. To celebrate the fact that many of Florida's beaches — the single biggest economic driver of the state — are closed because of poisonous flooding, Miami filmmaker Billy Corben today made his own "Visit Florida" tourism video to commemorate the crisis.
Corben is famed for his documentary series Cocaine Cowboys and is about to release Screwball, based on New Times managing editor Tim Elfrink's award-winning coverage of Biogenesis, the clinic that supplied illegal steroids to Major League Baseball players. Corben told New Times today that he made the 90-second clip to highlight just how dreadful Scott's tenure as governor has been for the environment.
"The reckless and greedy pro-pollution policies of Rick Scott have poisoned our natural resources," Corben said in a Twitter message. "He has put money over people, and Floridians are (literally) sick of it."
For the video's soundtrack, Corben used Pitbull's "Sexy Beaches" — the song the state tourism board, Visit Florida, paid the rapper $1 million to perform even though he sings about visiting Miami all the time anyway. Orlando Weekly pointed out earlier today that the "Sexy Beaches" debacle cost Visit Florida's then-CEO his job. All credit goes to Corben for finally finding a proper use for the taxpayer-funded song:
Sexy beaches, indeed.