It seems like Hollywood is always looking for a way to jump on a quick social justice bang-wagon, but this time the hypocrisy is just too outrageous to overlook.
Back in May you might recall a number of celebrities and social justice warriors taking to the media, calling for a boycott of movie production in the state of Georgia due to it’s new abortion laws. This law, known as the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act (HB 481), prohibits abortions in the state after a heartbeat is detected, normally at about six weeks of pregnancy.
Despite their complaints on twitter and Facebook, this month almost 40 movies or TV shows will be filmed in the state. So I guess the boycott is over? Or did it ever really start? Celebrities like Alyssa Milano and Disney CEO Bob Iger were among those who made sure the whole world knew that they would not be doing any filming in Georgia. Milano went as far as launching a laughable ‘sex strike’ to protest the new law.
Milano’s Netflix show Insatiable was actually filmed in Georgia, and Disney has a feature film set to be filmed in the state this month. AMC, the company responsible for The Walking Dead, released their own statement regarding the law back in May saying,
If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate our activity in Georgia. Similar bills — some even more restrictive — have passed in multiple states and have been challenged. This is likely to be a long and complicated fight and we are watching it all very closely.
Them along with the creators of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things, and Jason Bateman, the star of Netflix’s Ozarks all vowed they would not work in Georgia if the law passed. Yet here we are months later and The Walking Dead, Stranger Things and Ozarks are all filming in Georgia, so it seems like everyone who was throwing such a fit cares more about their money than their cause, and the state of Georgia could not be happier.
Georgia is an extremely attractive place to produce films and shows mainly because the state provides up to 30 percent back in tax incentives. The state never seemed to worry and Georgia Governor Kemp kept good spirits throughout the ‘boycotts,’ if you can even call them that, dismissing protesters as “C-list celebrities” and insisting that Georgia will not back down from “standing up for precious life.”
“standing up for precious life.”