You Americans are so deeply drowned in your own pseudo morals - and getting worse - that you have completely lost any sense of reality. So convinced of your moral superiority, the slightest debate is not even an option for you. And this leads to this sort of grotesque article condoning this absurd idea that deleting century-old works of Art (films, statues etc) helps anything but one's quick and cheap attempt at publicly presenting moral virtue. Sad.
Yep, seen it, been there, done that. I'm indie filmmaker with 8 features.
Past 2 years been 'spying' on viewing from festival I had PAID to see my film (via Vimeo, or Cinando).
About 20% never even opened the link, about 60% watched a few minutes of it, the rest actually saw it.
I wrote to each one of them to show for their scam, and some gave me my submission money back. Many didn't.
It's a modern day scam: too many films out there, too good an opportunity to make money from dreaming indie directors.
I've now completely given up on submitting to festivals - other than free ones, and ones that offer waivers. Again, it is a generalized scam.
Btw, I also sent a major US festival a film one year, that got rejected. Sent it again the next year with a different title and got chosen, and won 5th highest voted public vote in the festival.