Wow. In response to a Georgia law governing abortion, Hollywood’s Writers Guild of America is threatening to leave the state.
Georgia’s become quite the place to produce movies and shows — Tinseltown is rollin’ in the southern (fried?) dough, perhaps in ways not possible in Left-controlled Southern California.
But it seems the WGA dreams of a Left-controlled Peach State.
Last week, HB481 passed in the state Senate. Its aim? To prohibit abortion once there’s a beating heart.
The WGA East and West chapters released a joint statement, saying the “draconian, anti-choice measure” would make Georgia an “inhospitable place” in which to work.
What in the world is happening to the organizations of America? Why such politicization?
Here’s the statement:
“This law would make Georgia an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members. If the Georgia Legislature and Governor Kemp make HB 481 law, it is entirely possible that many of those in our industry will either want to leave the state or decide not to bring productions there. Such is the potential cost of a blatant attack on every woman’s right to control her own body.”
WGAE and @WGAWest oppose Georgia's abortion ban legislation #HB481. This draconian anti-choice law would discourage people in our industry from working in Georgia and could harm the state's vibrant film and television industry. Full statement attached. pic.twitter.com/bAfJkhXSTv
— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) March 26, 2019
According the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, film and television companies have received more than $2 billion in tax cuts over the past 10 years, resulting in tens of thousands of jobs.
Georgia is the third-largest TV and film production market in the U.S.
As someone who grew up in a union household, I’m of the opinion that such groups would do well to focus on helping its members perform their jobs and make good money doing so. When an organization (which, in many cases, people have no choice but to join) represents a large group, it’s impossible to make political maneuvers without misrepresenting many of those for whom it claims to speak.
But such is the time. Such is Hollywood. And such is, in my view, not peachy.
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