Stacey Abrams Offers Hollywood an Alternative to Boycotting Georgia Over Heartbeat Bill

IndieWire | 5/16/2019 | Staff
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Hollywood’s predicament over how to handle the passage of Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill may have just gotten a whole lot easier this week thanks to ex-gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. While national media attention focuses on the wave of anti-abortion laws aimed at toppling Roe v. Wade, calls for Hollywood to boycott Georgia, the film/TV industry’s biggest production hub, have intensified.

Yesterday, in an interview with the LA Times, Abrams offered Hollywood an alternative to a boycott: Stay and help join the fight.

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“Georgia is the only state that is such a deep part of the film industry that also has the type of draconian leadership that would seek to strip a woman’s autonomy in this way,” said Abrams. “That puts us in a unique position to fight back — not only against the legislation here but the legislation around the country — and to fund the defeat of these politicians and their horrible behavior by using the resources available through the entertainment industry.”

Abrams is urging opponents of Georgia’s Heartbeat bill to donate to organizations on the ground fighting the battle both politically and in the courts. It’s a path JJ Abrams and Jordan Peele took with their new series “Lovecraft Country,” for which the two producers will be donating their episodic fees to the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia. A move, noted in the press release, that was intended to “stand with Stacey Abrams and the hardworking people of Georgia.”

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Five days after JJ Abrams and Peele’s hasty Friday night announcement, forced by being in the uncomfortable position of starting production this week amidst the rising controversy, Stacey Abrams laid out her argument against a boycott. Noting as a “daughter of the South” she is well aware how effective boycotts were during the Civil Rights era, but that Georgia — where more...
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