Netflix is threatening Georgia over its new “heartbeat” law banning abortion, and Disney has signaled that it may do the same.
"I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said. “Right now, we are watching it very carefully."
According to CNN, WarnerMedia is also threatening to stop producing films and TV shows in the state. All three media company do extensive filming in Georgia because of its tax credits. It’s because of those tax credits that some people are wondering if this is not just a huge bluff.
Incredibly, “455 film and TV projects [were] shot in Georgia in the past year,” FOX 28 Media reported last August.
Speaking with more certainty, actresses like Jessica Chastain, who starred in movies like “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” and “Interstellar,” and Sophie Turner, who also starred in “Dark Phoenix” as well as “Game of Thrones,” said they won’t do work in Georgia, The Hill reported.
“There's a letter going around that I signed saying I'm not going to work in any state that denies rights for women, for the LGBTQ community, for anyone,” Chastain declared. “I'm not going to work in a state that discriminates,” she added.
The letter, spearheaded by activist Alyssa Milano, was also signed by Ben Stiller, Rosie O’Donnell, Patton Oswalt, Amy Schumer, Don Cheadle, Sarah Silverman, and Mia Farrow, according to The Hill.
But here’s the irony.
While they’re boycotting Georgia for being pro-life and allegedly discriminating against women and the LGBT community, these production companies and individuals have been showing no reticence for filming in countries that restriction abortions and have horrible human rights records when it comes to females and the homosexual community.
Turner stars in “Game of Thrones,” which has done a lot of filming in Morocco. Chastain has starred in “Zero Dark Thirty,” which were filmed in Jordan, and is working on “355,” which is filmed in part in Morocco.
But the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco heavily restricted abortions, according to Women on Waves, and often punish the women getting an abortion with jail time — something Georgia law doesn’t allow.
As for women’s rights and gender equality, Egypt and Jordan are among the ten worst in the world, according to US News, with the United Arab Emirates topping the list. Morocco is better but still has a ways to go, according to the Atlantic Council.
And then there is the whole issue of how dangerous it is to live an LGBT lifestyle in those countries.
Yet Hollywood doesn’t seem to be calling for a boycott of those human rights violators. Just Georgia.
Oh, by the way, people are now calling for Netflix and Disney to boycott Northern Ireland over their strict abortion laws, The Telegraph reported. Yes, Northern Ireland. Not Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, or the U.A.E.