While other studios remain silent, Netflix has become the first Hollywood playmaker to speak out against Georgia’s controversial anti-abortion law.
According to The New York Times, Georgia has become a giant for television and film, generating 92,000 jobs and $2.7 billion in annual revenue. However, if the May 7 signing of the fetal heartbeat bill by Gov. Brian Kemp goes into effect, Georgia may lose their relationship with Netflix.
The streaming platform currently produces original content such as “Stranger Things” and “Ozark” in the state, but chief content officer Ted Sarandos says Netflix may “rethink” investments in Georgia if the law goes forward.
“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 an exclusive statement to Variety on Monday. “It’s why we will work with the A.C.L.U. 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.”
Apparently, conservatives in support of the law are “unmoved” by the potential Hollywood boycott. The New York Times reported that Gov. Kemp went as far as calling those in opposition, “C-list celebrities.” The head of the National Right to Life Committee believes Hollywood has too much invested in Georgia to walk away.
If the heartbeat law is passed, the abortion ban will become effective January 1.