MONTGOMERY, AL—In an effort to boost the economy and produce more accurate on-screen depictions of the state known as the Heart of Dixie, Alabama governor Kay Ivey signed off on a new creative arts tax credit bill Monday designed and structured to attract film crews creating YouTube “fail compilations” to the state. “We’re offering to cover up to 20 percent of production costs for any filmmaker who wants to make use of Alabama’s distinct cultural advantages in an online video where someone, say, jumps their ATV off their garage roof into an inflatable swimming pool filled with empty beer cans, or perhaps attempts to wakeboard on an old refrigerator pulled behind a mudder truck in Guntersville Lake,” Ivey told reporters at a press conference, clarifying that the tax credit could be applied to any part of the film process, from lighting and sound equipment to trampolines, fireworks, and diesel-truck-engined bass boats. “Talent-wise, we are more than ready to compete on Florida’s level in the fail compilation market, and we’re confident YouTubers will truly embrace Alabama’s unique mix of shoeless alligator confrontation, unsupported driveway basketball hoops, and blatant disregard for hoverboard recalls.” Ivey concluded her press conference by addressing a recent video of an Alabama man discharging a shotgun into a styrofoam cooler filled with Tannerite explosives held by his twin 5-year-old daughters, calling the incident “precisely the kind of sick, viral content our state needs.”

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