Five Hollywood production houses have made good on the entertainment elites’ promise to boycott the state of Georgia after Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed into law the so-called “heartbeat bill,” which outlaws abortion after a fetal heartbeat has been detected. But the group shunning is already losing steam.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the companies that no longer plan to film in Georgia — known as the “Hollywood of the South” — include Killer Films, known for movies like “Carol” and “Vox Lux,” Blown Deadline Productions, famous for the former HBO series “The Wire,” Colorforce, owned by producer Nina Jacobson and known for hits like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “American Crime Story,” Duplass Brothers Productions, which has a four-film deal with Netflix, and CounterNarrative Films, behind the recently released Netflix movie “Triple Frontier.”
This entire ordeal was spearheaded by actor and activist Alyssa Milano, who launched a petition in late March urging Hollywood heavyweights to leave the Peach State if Kemp signed H.B. 418 into law, which he has done.
In a letter to the Georgia governor, Milano called the pro-life legislation “dangerous and deeply flawed” and vowed to lead an unforgiving campaign against the state if Kemp approved the bill.
But it appears Milano’s big move is backfiring in a big way.
As it turns out, the 46-year-old celebrity is stuck in a pesky contract and is obligated to keep shooting her show, “Insatiable,” in Georgia for at least another month. Alas, Milano said she is doing “everything in my power to get as many productions as possible” — including her own — out of the conservative state.
Even some Democrats, though, are none too happy with the idea of moving Hollywood production out of Georgia, because it’s a job-killing prospect.
State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick is asking celebrities like Milano to reconsider the boycott:
Kendrick, it’s worth noting, is far from moderate on the issue of abortion. When lawmakers were considering H.B. 418, she proposed the ridiculous “Testicular Bill of Rights” for men.
Among other things, Kendrick’s bill would have outlawed vasectomies, required men to obtain consent from their sexual partners before securing medication to remedy erectile dysfunction, and would reclassify condom-less sex as “aggravated assault.”
A quick glance, though, at Milano’s Twitter feed suggests she has no intention of obliging Kendrick.