Tell movie makers to get out of Georgia
They call it "Y'allywood." In the past few years, thanks to generous tax incentives, Georgia has become the biggest international film hub outside of California and New York. Today, movies and television bring more than $60 billion and 200,000 jobs to the state.1
This month, Y'allywood is poised to turn anti-woman. Georgia Republicans recently rammed through an extreme bill that would make abortion illegal once a fetal heartbeat is detected, roughly six weeks into a pregnancy, before most women even know they are pregnant.
The Writers Guild of America and a host of Hollywood stars already announced intentions to stop doing business in Georgia over the bill, known as H.B. 481.2 We need to demand that major studios join them.
Tell Hollywood: Get out of Georgia if Georgia won't stand with women.
If Hollywood continues to film in Georgia, here is what they will be supporting – in the blistering words of state Sen. Jen Jordan:3
For the first time, this state will make Georgia women criminals – criminals – for seeking basic reproductive care. This bill subjects both the doctor and the woman to prosecution and imprisonment for up to 10 years… a pregnant woman who suffers a miscarriage could be subjected to criminal investigation, indictment, prosecution long before a jury is asked to determine whether she intentionally did anything to cause the loss.
Film studios, major talent agencies and actors and directors possess immense clout in Georgia. HBO, Netflix and ABC – among other major cinema companies – are currently shooting in Georgia. Marvel Studios films most of its immensely popular and highly profitable series and films in the state.4
Despite massive pressure, the Republican-dominated legislature bowed to right-wing interests and passed this unconstitutional and dangerous bill, and Gov. Brian Kemp – who stole the 2018 election from Stacey Abrams – plans to sign it. A federal judge blocked an almost identical fetal heartbeat bill days after Kentucky's Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed it into law, but Republicans in Georgia decided to pass an unconstitutional law and waste taxpayer dollars defending it in court just to appease the radical anti-choice wing of their Party.5
Hollywood cannot pretend to be friendly to women but funnel millions of dollars into a state that attacks them.
Tell Hollywood: Get out of Georgia if extreme anti-abortion bill H.B. 481 becomes law.
Thank you for speaking out.
- Kate Smith, "Hollywood's elite threatens Georgia boycott over abortion ban as other states try to poach business," CBS News, April 1, 2019.
- Pandora, "Georgia State Senate Passes Law That Would Ban Abortion Before Women Even Know They’re Pregnant," Blue Delaware, March 26, 2019.
- Project Casting, "38 TV Shows and Movies Filming in Georgia in April," March 31, 2019.
- Sarah Mervosh, "Judge Blocks Kentucky Fetal Heartbeat Law That Bans Abortion After 6 Weeks," The New York Times, March 16, 2019.