With apologies to Charlie Daniels The Devil Went Down to Georgia (caution, original lyrics, uses a strong expletive!), I’ve been thinking about the film industries’ threat (fairly empty so far) to boycott the state of Georgia because of the abortion law recently passed there.
I’ve learned that Georgia offers a 20 to 30 percent tax cut to film companies for working in Georgia.
You see, it’s not about abortion–it’s about money.
And there’s a line in the song that perfectly describes the mind-set of Hollywood:
“…I think I’m better than you.”
Other actors and actresses parrot the contention they “won’t work” in Georgia. There’s a lot of hypocrisy showing.
Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones fame (I never watch it) has jumped on the boycott-Georgia bandwagon:
[Sophie] Turner just wrapped up filming Game of Thrones, for which she was getting paid more than $150,000 per episode by the show’s eighth and final season. The show — particularly the parts that featured Turner’s character — was largely filmed in Northern Ireland…
…where abortion laws are even stricter than Alabama’s and where women can actually be jailed for having an abortion. Northern Ireland law bans abortion at any point for any reason other than to save a woman’s life.
Parts of the show were also filmed in Croatia, where elective abortions are banned after 10 weeks.
Then again, the show also skyrocketed Turner to international fame, put her on the map as a major Hollywood star, earned her spots in multiple upcoming films and jacked up the 23-year-old’s net worth to about $3.8 million.
No, it’s not about saving babies’ lives, but it’s about being politically correct– at least enough that money keeps coming in.
And the behind-the-scenes workers in the film industry, the carpenters, electricians, sound technicians, lighting technicians, make-up artists, CGI artists, programmers, and the list goes on and on, all those people at the end of the credits— they are caught in the middle of this. Many of them have moved out of L.A. and made Georgia their home. It’s cheaper living expenses, and frankly, it’s a better place to live than California has become.
So Disney, Netflix, and other film makers choose to throw the work force behind their films under the bus while they support the spoiled, cry-baby, whining actors and actresses who are more afraid of losing the paycheck than the murdering of babies in the womb.
And they are not worth my money.