It seems that everywhere people are boycotting the country for its hard decision, After LA announced the official ban on travel to Alabama, now Netflix has come out strongly against Georgia’s recent passing of a strict abortion bill, it would no longer use the state as a filming location.
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed Tuesday that Netflix would ‘rethink our entire investment in Georgia’ should the bill go into effect
Netflix has five projects filming in the state currently: The Liberator, Christmas on the Square, Holiday, Season 2 of Insatiable and Season 3 of Ozark.
The hit series Stranger Things has previously used Atlanta and Jackson as locations for filming.
This move by Netflix leads to the loss of billions in revenue for Georgia, whose lawmakers voted 92-78 to prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
‘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 in a statement.
‘It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. 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.’
Georgia is known as a vital production hub for film and TV industries.
National women’s group UltraViolet, which forces Netflix to take the action against the state, appreciated their statement of a boycott. Still, the group is pressing Netflix to take an even more aggressive stand against the abortion ban.
“Netflix’s statement is appreciated, however waiting on the courts to act focuses on a distinction without a difference.
The crisis moment is now,” said executive director and co-founder Shaunna Thomas.“We need Netflix to engage in this fight and use its economic power to speak out for Georgia women, and the hundreds of women who work on Netflix productions, to set an example for the whole country that putting women in danger has consequences – and refuse to do business in the State until the law is repealed.
The region – playfully coined ‘Y’allywood’ – is responsible for more than 92,100 jobs and nearly $4.6 billion in total wages in the state, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
According to the State officials, ‘the fiscal year ending June 30 film and TV production generated some $2.7 billion in direct spending.’
Despite the Hollywood opposition, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, one of the most responsible people behind the law’s introduction, remained unmoved by the boycotts.
‘I understand that some folks don’t like this new law. I’m fine with that,’ he told the state’s Republican convention during a speech last week. ‘We’re elected to do what’s right – and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do.’
Adding: ‘We are the party of freedom and opportunity. We value and protect innocent life, even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.’
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