Executives at CBS, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Sony, and Warner Media have been threatening to boycott Georgia and pull their filmmaking efforts out of the Peach State contingent on whether Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” goes into effect. They claim that the bill would impinge the so-called “right to abortion ” because the “heartbeat bill” would prohibit abortions when a baby’s heartbeat is detected, generally at six weeks.
“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 Robert Iger said. “If [the bill] becomes law, I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
But with Georgia’s draw of massive tax break incentives for filmmakers and the fact that uprooting film projects would be both disruptive and potentially more costly, Peter Chernin, producer of The Greatest Showman and Hidden Figures, is suggesting a more practical tactic. In an email to some top executives, Chernin suggested a fundraising campaign to raise $15 million to fund the ACLU’s legal efforts and said, “We have a moral responsibility to act immediately.”
According to The New York Times, the Peach State offers 92,000 jobs connected to film and television production. Chernin’s approach would help pro-abortion executives avoid major losses by simply throwing money at a cause and letting the ACLU do the rest.
While liberal execs blow a lot of smoke in an effort to scare conservatives into bending over backward to accommodate their wishes, Georgia’s governor isn’t worried. “We’re elected to do what’s right—and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do,” said Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.
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