Letters: Bollywood awards benefit

Indian film awards are a benefit to the province says letter writer

My first thought to your ridiculous letter was that you are not East Indian, nor do you have any friends or family who are. My second thought was that you do not watch, listen, or have any interest in Bollywood. Would you, Ms. Timms, be writing this letter if our provincial government had decided to spend our tax dollars on say… the Juno Awards?

I then begin to wonder if you ‘authorized’ your tax dollars to be spent by our government on merely bragging to the film industries about this beautiful, friendly place we call home just in hopes of one them coming here to film?

Now here’s one, I wonder… did you ‘authorize’ your tax dollars to be spent on, not only the defense, but the housing and three square meals for the thousands of prisoners locked up in our jails? People who should be living a hard life but actually have it better than most low income families in our province? I really could go on and on, but I think this is just as ridiculous!

I, Ms. Timms, am not East Indian either; nor am I into the ‘Bollywood’ hype. I however, can see beyond the money spent and recognize the value something like this shows not only our country, but all others around the world. We are multi-cultural and damn proud of it. We, as British Columbians, should want to open our province to any and all opportunities to show the world what kind of people we are: friendly, open minded and rich with culture. What a fabulous place it is we live in; where anyone and everyone can fit in and feel at home. Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world and by having this huge industry’s awards ceremony in Vancouver, in our province can do nothing but benefit our province — short term pain for long term game.

Please, next time you want to complain about how ‘your’ tax dollars are spent, make it something that people should be upset about or just keep it to yourself.

Darlene Dunn

Sooke