Hollywood has been promoting a liberal message in their productions for decades, but it has become much worse in the era of Donald Trump. The problem for Hollywood is that many of the consumers of their products are conservatives who disdain the liberal propaganda.
Georgia is a “red state” that attracted Hollywood productions due a generous 30% tax credit. Now, Disney, AMC Networks, WarnerMedia, Netflix, Sony Pictures and NBC/Universal are threatening to leave the state if the “fetal heartbeat” bill “goes into effect.”
Of course, as Roe v. Wade has not been overturned and abortion is still legal in all 50 states, Georgia’s bill will not take effect until next year, and it will certainly face legal challenges which will delay the implementation. Thus, this debate is mostly an academic exercise; however, it is worthwhile to understand the massive gulf between Hollywood values and the values of the people of Georgia.
The vast majority of Hollywood hates Donald Trump, while the President won the state of Georgia in the 2016 election. Hollywood is aggressively pro-choice, while most Georgia residents are pro-life.
Hollywood accounts for 92,000 jobs in Georgia and an economic investment of over $9 billion. Nevertheless, it is an industry that promotes liberal values in countless films and TV programs. Hopefully, this will lead to a reexamination of the welcome mat that Georgia has rolled out for the industry.
According to Michael Taylor of the University of Southern California's Media Institute for Social Change, the proposed Georgia boycott is “the right thing” for Hollywood, even though it might not be “a good financial decision” for the industry.
He claimed that if a state like Georgia tries to “undo” Roe v. Wade, the film industry should do the “right thing,” which means to “take a position and take your money elsewhere.”
Ironically, pro-life moviegoers and TV viewers may also want to “take a position” and spend their “money elsewhere.” This may be the best way to take a stand against an industry that is so committed to abortion rights and the entire progressive agenda.
Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org