Netflix says it will likely join the fight against the state of Georgia after Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a restrictive abortion bill into law earlier in May.
Many Hollywood players opt to film and produce in the Peach State because of its hefty tax incentives.
What is Netflix saying?
The online streaming giant said that it will stand in solidarity with entertainers who refuse to work in Georgia because of the state’s new abortion law, and will “rethink” its filming options if the law isn’t struck down.
The company issued a statement through Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this,” Sarandos’ statement read. “It’s why we 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,” Sarandos’ statement warned.
Kemp signed the heartbeat bill — which would ouright ban abortions after it is possible to detect a fetal heartbeat — on May 7. Fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks into a woman’s pregnancy. The measure is set to go into effect on January 1.
Netflix isn’t the only one weighing its options — Lori McCreary, former president of the Producers Guild of America as well as CEO of Revelations Entertainment — told Variety that she is hesitant to continue working in the state.
“It’s hard to wake up every day feeling like I’m growing up in my mother’s generation,” McCreary said. “I don’t have anything that’s shooting in those locations, but I would give it a second thought in those states because I think it’s important for us to support [women].”
Gov. Kemp isn’t deterred — he, in fact, recently blasted boycotting celebrities who refuse to work in the state with scathing remarks of his own.
“I understand that some folks don’t like this new law,” he said. “I’m fine with that. We’re elected to do what’s right — and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do.
“We value and protect innocent life,” he said, “even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.”