So, what? Haven’t we had enough of the minority of Hollywood types and the perversion that Disney has done to the industry as well? Yet, because of another law in Georgia that would ban abortion if a doctor can detect a heartbeat, which no matter how strict is still a regulation of abortion, actors and actresses threaten a boycott. Now Disney’s CEO Bob Iger is saying it will be “very difficult” for the company to film in Georgia because “many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the bill into law on May 7th.
Iger’s interview with Reuters also included his statement, “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
Disney has been buying up movie companies left and right. In many cases, making some of the long-running franchises of films less appealing than before they were acquired.
Tyler Durden points out that it isn’t just Disney that seem to have a problem with Georgia.
In 2016, Disney and other major studies threatened to boycott the state if they were to strengthen protections for same-sex marriage opponents – a bill which passed through the state legislature, only to be vetoed by then Republican governor, Nathan Deal.
Dozens of celebrities and producers have already committed to no longer working in Georgia over the abortion law, while others such as JJ Abrams‘ and Jordan Peele‘s production companies have said that they would remain in the state, but donate “100% of our respective episodic fees” from the current season of “Lovecraft Country” to the ACLU of Georgia.
On Tuesday, Netflix said that they would have to “rethink our entire investment in Georgia” if the new law is enacted – however they will continue production there for now while working with groups opposing the legislation. The company films shows such as “Stranger Think” and “Ozark” in Georgia – the latter of which star Jason Batemen told The Hollywood Reporter he would no longer work in the state if the legislation survives court challenges.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “It’s why we will work with the A.C.L.U. and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there — while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to.”
Now, these companies have contracts with these actors and actresses. It seems simple to me that if they have a contract and the person just doesn’t like the state they are in, then they should face some sanctions from the contract, right? But no, Hollywood would rather be dictated by film activists rather than tell them to do their jobs and honor their contracts. Or, they could just get people who are good actors who don’t care where they work.
According to Reuters: “The state offers a tax credit that has lured many film and TV productions. The industry is responsible for more than 92,000 jobs in Georgia, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and some 455 productions were shot in Georgia in 2018, according to the state.”
That’s a lot of money and a lot of jobs.
Perhaps we need to get that billboard that was purchased (Email me through the Contact form on this website to find out how), and start listing Hollywood types and companies that are killing jobs in Georgia due to their law. Maybe that would get someone’s attention.
Better yet, perhaps Georgians should just boycott movies till the Hollywood elites get the idea that they don’t survive without paying customers, many of which despise their political views and promotion of the murder of the unborn as a “right” of women.
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