Once again, Democratic stand-out, Stacy Abrams is urging Hollywood not to boycott Georgia. She says there’s a better strategy? But will it work? The former Georgia legislator and gubernatorial candidate, is calling on Hollywood executives to keep their production companies in Georgia despite
a growing boycott call in response of Georgia’s anti-abortion Heartbeat Law. Earlier this year, Governor Brian Kemp inked a law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is heard, which is around six weeks into the pregnancy. Critics say the legislation is unfair because that is about the time a woman knows she is pregnant, and it gives her no time to seek the procedure.
When it comes to boycotting Georgia, Abrams always pushes back. When she lost her gubernatorial run to Governor Kemp, Hollywood had threatened to leave Georiga, because of the systemic issues such as voting irregularities and voter roll purges, but this is what she tweeted.
“I appreciate the calls to action, but I ask all of our entertainment industry friends to support #FairFightGA – but please do not #boycottgeorgia,” she recently tweeted. “The hard-working Georgians who serve on crews & make a living here are not to blame. I promise: We will fight – and we will win.”
Many in the entertainment world have been divided over how to respond to the Heartbeat law. Some are waiting to see if the law will be enforced after court battles. Others insist a boycott is necessary to force real change. Basketball legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabar points to the Montgomery bus boycotts during the civil rights movement, which pushed a segregated south to toss out racial segregation and Jim Crow laws. Abrams, on the other hand, says a boycott would hurt ordinary workers who depend on the TV and film jobs. Instead, she is calling on Hollywood to #StayandFight. Abrams believes a better strategy would be for Hollywood to financially back candidates and groups who are working to fight the bans.
“I want to protect jobs in Georgia. I want to protect women in Georgia. And having built relationships not only with the film industry, but other industries that are here in Georgia, I was asked to come and have a conversation about what the bill does, what the bill means, and how we can best support women in the film industry, and I’m here to provide information,” Abrams said of the meeting.
A boycott would be a big blow for Georgia. The film and TV industry employees more than 92,000 people and brought in more than $9 billion last year. According to FilmLA, the official film office for the city of Los Angeles, 17 of the past 100 biggest block-buster films were produced in Georgia. That pus Georgia ahead of California, which only produced 12 of the highest performing feature films.
That could change, if the anti-abortion legislation continues without court intervention. Disney CEO, Bob Iger explains his position.
Newsletter Sign Up