I posted a column by L.A. Times writer, Mary McNamara last week that called for the boycott of shooting in Georgia after the state passed the “heartbeat” bill restricting abortion. And now it has begun…
David Simon, the creator of The Wire and The Deuce, has said that his company Blown Deadline, will pull Georgia from its list of potential locations. He tweeted:
“I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies. I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Can only speak for my production company. Our comparative assessments of locations for upcoming development will pull Georgia off the list until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired.”
Mark Duplass, of Duplass Brothers Productions, also said his company will boycott the state. He tweeted,
“Don’t give your business to Georgia. Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation?”
Killer Films, producers of movies like Carol, with Kate Blanchett, also added its name to the list, saying it will
“no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned.”
The Writers Guild of America sent a letter to Gov Kemp in March, when the legislation was first introduced, calling it
“…a draconian, anti-choice measure. This law would make Georgia an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members.”
Actress Alyssa Milano also wrote to Kemp in March, calling the bill ‘unconstitutional’, with the letter carrying signatures from Ben Stiller, Don Cheadle and Amy Schumer.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) senior VP communications Chris Ortman in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It is important to remember that similar legislation has been attempted in other states, and has either been enjoined by the courts or is currently being challenged. The outcome in Georgia will also be determined through the legal process. We will continue to monitor developments.”
I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies. I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Other filmmakers will see this. https://t.co/V2xDPKiMpo— David Simon (@AoDespair) May 8, 2019
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