David Simon, who runs Blown Deadline Production, also took to Twitter to announce the boycott of the state until “we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired.”
“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,” he wrote. “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. https://t.co/WTb0tj95zH
Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions called other production companies to action on Twitter, asking them to pledge “not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation.”
Don’t give your business to Georgia. Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation?
Georgia gives tax incentives to production companies, giving up to 30 percent back, explaining why 455 productions were filmed in the state last year – bringing in around $2.7 billion in direct spending. Major projects like The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, and Black Panther were filmed in Georgia.
The pressure and potential economic threat coming from production companies, as well as potential challenges in court from groups like the ACLU, could get the law overturned before it even goes into effect in January.
Pregnancy and abortion don’t only affect straight cis women. In fact, bisexual and lesbian women are almost twice as likely to get pregnant earlier in life – before the age of twenty – than straight women.