*Spike Lee has some thoughts about what the TV and movie industry can do to counter the bill that Georgia legislators have cooked up that will ban abortions as early as six weeks, if there’s a detection of a fetal heartbeat.
Lee’s soultion is simple and straight forward. He wants production companies to sever ties with the state.
As we’ve already reported, Netflix and most of the Hollywood studios that have said they’re waiting to see if the so-called “heartbeat” law actually takes effect next year, or if the courts will block it.
In the meantime, at Denzel Washington’s AFI Lifetime Achievement tribute Thursday, the director the industry needs to stop any waiting its doing to take action against the state. Spike Lee says now is the time for Georgia-based productions to “shut it down” and boycott the state’s booming film industry to drive change, reports theAP.
He realizes that a mass exodus could/would put a lot of people out of work, but he reminded that black bus drivers were affected by the Civil Rights Movement-era boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.
Lee’s stance puts him on a direct collision course with Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial nominee, who earlier this week, reonce again cautioned against a Hollywood boycott of Georgia over the state’s new abortion restrictions. The way Abrams sees it is to urge leaders to “stay and fight” long-term systemic issues like voter disenfranchisement, which has enabled the ascent of anti-abortion lawmakers.
“My intention is to stay and fight, to build the political power to not only fight back against these bans and fight back against forced pregnancy, but to build the political capacity to not have the fight again for 40 more years,” last year’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate said on MSNBC.
Abrams confirmed that she is scheduled to meet with film industry executives in Los Angeles on June 11, along with Ilyse Hogue, the president of abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America, according to Huffpost.
By the way, if you’re wondering, annually, the entertainment industry adds $9.5 million to Georgia’s economy.