New Abortion Bill Puts Pressure on Oprah Winfrey and Netflix to Boycott Filming in Georgia
By: Jarrod Horton
A new controversial bill signed by Georgia governor Brian Kemp has put pressure on some entertainment companies who film in the state. Kemp has put a ban on abortion in Georgia and the law will take effect in January 2020. The bill will criminalize any woman who has an abortion or even a miscarriage and the penalty for such an act could possibly mean in life in prison or death.
The state of Georgia is one of the primary places where entertainment companies film their productions. In 2018, there were over 400 productions in the state and the revenue it brought was estimated at $2.7 billion dollars. Some of those companies have already canceled their productions in protest of the bill. Wire co-creator David Simon has already stated on Twitter said that his Blow Line Productions company will not be coming to the state to film any of his projects. “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,” he said.
Actress Alyssa Milano, who stars in a Netflix show Insatiable was one of the first stars to boycott the state of Georgia. She said will not return to the show if it continues to film in the state. Her stance puts Netflix in an awkward position. The streaming company films more projects in Georgia than any other company. Despite the protest from other people, the company has not joined in on the boycott. The same is true for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network which also films two of its shows in the state. To read more about this article click here.