The entertainment industry is getting behind a potential boycott of Georgia if a new anti-LGBT law passes. Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore, Seth MacFarlane, Aaron Sorkin, Ryan Murphy, and over 30 other actors and directors have voiced their concerns over the law and said they would support the boycott.
21st Century Fox, NBC Universal, Time Warner, Walt Disney, AMC, Viacom and Marvel Entertainment have all made their opposition to the bill well known and have said that if the bill passes, they will not be filming tv shows or movies in Georgia.
Just last year, over 240 shows and films were filmed in Georgia, a popular state for production companies as it offers strong corporate tax incentives. In 2015, $1.7 billion was brought to the state by the entertainment industry. The Walking Dead, Ant-Man, and Allegiant were all filmed there. Georgia is the third most lucrative state for the entertainment industry, right behind California and New York, but those two states have anti-discrimination laws in place.
The anti-LGBT bill was passed by the Georgia legislature last week, and now it is in the hands of Republican Governor, Nathan Deal. He has said he will not sign a bill into law that legalizes discrimination, but let’s wait and see how he interprets the law. The bill would allow pastors to refuse to marry same-sex couples and allow faith-based groups to avoid hiring individuals based on their beliefs.
“We will plan to take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law,” said the petition that was created by the Human Rights Campaign.
Many companies, such as Coca-Cola and Google, have come out in support of the petition and publically voiced their disapproval of the law.
Governor Deal has until May 5th to make a final decision on (hopefully) vetoing the bill.