In response to Georgia’s new law prohibiting aborting babies with a detectable heartbeat, Netflix said that the company may “rethink” filming in Georgia if the law goes into effect. In response, some conservatives are saying they will consider boycotting Netflix if they follow through on the Georgia boycott.
In a statement to Variety, Netflix’s chief content creator Ted Sarandos said the company will work with the ACLU to fight the Georgia law in court.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Sarandos said. “It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court.”
He also said Netflix will continue to film in Georgia due to the law not being yet implemented but will still work with partners and artists who choose to boycott the state.
“Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia,” Sarandos added.
In response, conservatives are threatening to cancel their subscriptions to Netflix.
Fox News contributor Guy Benson parodied a headline about Netflix’s statement to say that he may boycott the company.
“Benson would rethink Netflix subscription if abortion advocacy stands,” Benson tweeted.
Kira Davis, the Editor-At-Large of RedState, said she is also considering ending her Netflix subscription.
“I enjoy @netflix but there’s literally nothing on there I can’t live without. I’m totally happy to ‘rethink’ my investment as well. It’s a two way street, friends!”
Fox News Contributor Lisa Boothe also chimed in.
“Works both ways, @netflix. Will gladly cancel my account,” Boothe tweeted.
The Daily Wire’s Elisha Krauss said she would use alternative streaming services.
“Fine, I’ll pay for the @Disney app and cancel @Netflix,” Krauss tweeted. “My kids don’t need their programming and I can do without Ozark.”
Fox News contributor and Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen warned the streaming service against alienating pro-life customers.
“Hey .@netflix nearly half the country is pro-life,” Thiessen tweeted. “Don’t alienate your pro-life customers. We have lots of streaming options these days.”
Several well-known producers and actors said they will avoid filming in Georgia due to the law, including actress Kristen Wiig who canceled her plans to film her upcoming comedy “Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar” in the state.
In a tweet, producer Mark Duplass announced he would no longer film in Georgia and encouraged others to do the same.
“Don’t give your business to Georgia,” Duplass tweeted. “Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation?”
Producers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele decided to still film their show “Lovecraft Country” in the state but plan to donate their fees to the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia, reported Bloomberg.
Georgia is a favorable state for filming due to its generous film and TV subsidies, which have led to the popular show “The Walking Dead” and the hit movie “Black Panther” being filmed there.
Earlier this month Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the “heartbeat bill” into law which bans abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
“(The bill) is very simple but also very powerful: a declaration that all life has value, that all life matters, and that all life is worthy of protection,” Kemp said at the time. “I realize that some may challenge it in a court of law. But our job is to do what is right, not what is easy. We are called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life.”