After Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the new Heartbeat Bill into law, many have banded together in Hollywood to protest film production in the southern state. Netflix is now considering joining the other elites.
On Tuesday, Netflix claimed that they will 'rethink [their] entire investment" in Georgia if the law does go into effect. The company's chief officer Ted Sarandos also stated that they will fight the legislation alongside the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
My question: shouldn't the ACLU be fighting for the civil rights of the unborn human beings who are being murdered, rather than for the rights of the people murdering them?
"We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law," Sarandos said, "Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we'll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we'd rethink our entire investment in Georgia."
Fox News Atlanta reports:
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo said they would relocate their Lionsgate film "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar." Reed Morano's Amazon series "The Power" also uprooted. Producers including Christine Vachon, David Simon and Mark Duplass have said they would bypass Georgia in the future.
Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are continuing to make their HBO show "Lovecraft County" in Georgia, but they said they will donate all of their "episodic fees" to organizations fighting the law, including the ACLU.
But among larger media corporations, the reaction in Hollywood has not been as vocal as it was when, in 2016, many companies denounced a law that allowed faith-based refusal of services to LGBTQ persons. That bill was eventually vetoed by then-Gov. Nathan Deal. This time, the Walt Disney Co. and other major studios have not publicly responded to the abortion law.
Thanks to tax credits, Atlanta has in recent years become a major hub of TV and film production. Georgia has been home to productions including Disney's Marvel blockbuster "Black Panther," AMC's smash series "The Walking Dead" and Netflix's hit sci-fi series "Stranger Things."
The Heartbeat Bill virtually bans abortion once a heartbeat is detected, which is usually around six weeks. Many other states have begun to adopt the bill as well, working to reduce the unnecessary blood shed and save unborn children. Alabama even passed a bill that bans abortions completely, except in the case of saving the mother's life.