Since Governor Brain Kemp signed the “Heartbeat Bill” into law, Hollywood actors and producers have threatened a boycott of Georgia. One tweet from Alyssa Milano gave the list of many actors that are boycotting the state.
The list includes notable names like Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell, Ben Stiller, and many more. Jason Bateman has also announced that he will no longer work in the State of Georgia. What’s even more threatening for the state is that Netflix announced it may need to “rethink” their operations in Georgia, and they will work with the ACLU to fight this law. Disney has also announced that they are considering leaving the state, stating that it would be “very difficult” to continue working in Georgia.
The Filming Industry in Georgia
The film industry has a huge impact on the economy of Georgia. In 2008, the state implemented a 30% tax rebate. Since then, Georgia has earned the nickname “Y’allywood” as it has become a Southern Hollywood. Last year, the film industry added $9.5 billion into Georgia’s economy from over 455 projects, like The Walking Dead and The Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film industry has created 92,100 jobs and almost $4.6 billion in total wages in Georgia. This is helping local communities and families. However, they are now under siege from Hollywood liberal elites.
A State Held Hostage
Almost ten billion dollars and 100,000 jobs would be cut from Georgia if the boycott got its intended results. The sad truth is that this boycott will not hurt politicians directly. Rather, it would harm families who had nothing to do with the bill. The set designers and cameramen will now be out of work because of liberal elitist politics. All these working class people are being held hostage by powerful corporations with an agenda.
Naturally, none of these actors should legally have to film or work in any state. From a purely legal standpoint, they are doing nothing wrong. Ethically, they are threatening to put thousands out of work and destabilize families in the process. Georgia stands up for the rights of the unborn, and the elites of Hollywood decide to fight back. Is it ethical to put thousands in peril because of a law they had nothing to do with?
Georgia is trying the new Republican strategy to overturn Roe. V Wade. They are fighting for the right to life stated in the Declaration of Independence. But even if one supports abortion rights, these laws aren’t damning enough to warrant this response.
Even Stacy Abrams, someone who is pro-choice, does not support the boycott of Georgia and expressed this by tweeting to Alyssa Milano that they “differ on strategy” even though they are in “solidarity”.
Many people are worried about a fusion of politics and entertainment, this boycott could be seen as its most extreme form. Entertainers are trying to hold influence over the law. Hollywood should not hold power, even if indirectly, over politics.
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