The entertainment industry is seemingly going all in to protest Georgia's recently passed pro-life bill that prohibits abortions once an unborn baby's heartbeat can be detected.
HuffPost reported June 4 that producer Peter Chernin is mounting a $15 million fundraising campaign among his Hollywood peers to do battle against pro-life laws in Georgia and elsewhere.
The scheme echoes other attempts by celebrities and filmmakers to force Georgia to abandon the law before it goes into effect rather than Hollywood ceasing activity in the state and thereby forfeiting the Peach Tree State's 30% tax credits, currently the nation's most generous film industry corporate welfare.
The beneficiary of that significant sum would be the American Civil Liberties Union, specifically in its efforts to stop Georgia's House Bill 481 from taking effect in January 2020. According to the article, sourced to The New York Times, Chernin emailed his cronies late last week:
As a friend and colleague in the film and TV industry, I write to you with a sense of urgency about the recent attempts to eliminate the right to abortion in Georgia and many other states across the country. … I am launching a campaign to contribute to the $15 million that is needed to fund the ACLU's legal efforts to battle the national anti-abortion movement with a deadline of July 1.
Church Militant has documented several threatened film industry boycotts in a recent series of articles, but each day brings another celebrity or industry apparatchik expressing their dismay over Georgia's perfectly acceptable exercise of federalism. Among the supposedly "woke" celebrities recently joining the cause are Jordan Peele, Bradley Whitford, Ben Stiller, Alec Baldwin and Jason Bateman.
Readers may note that the above list is comprised of men, or, what The Daily Show host Trevor Noah might call a "sausage fest."
By the crude turn of phrase, Noah was referring misleadingly to the Georgia legislators (warning: vulgar content) and governor who respectively passed and signed into law House Bill 481 in an attempt to depict passage of the bill as an all-male (chauvinist, patriarchal) effort.
Of course, Noah disregarded the fact the bill was co-authored by three female representatives as inconvenient to his narrative. More than a faint whiff of hypocrisy is detected when a man's opinion is only considered valid if it corresponds with a progressive agenda.
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Another member of the acting profession is trading his celebrity status to raise funds for the country's Planned Parenthood. Tom Ellis portrays the title character of the series Lucifer. He and his fiancée, actress Meaghan Oppenheimer, have foregone the traditional gift registry for their impending nuptials in favor of contributions to the nation's largest abortion provider.
Lucifer, coincidentally, was canceled by the FOX network but was rescued by another threatened boycotter, Netflix.
In a classic instance of having one's cake and licking it too, pop singer and former child star Miley Cyrus posted a photo on Instagram, flicking her infamous tongue at a dessert pastry emblazoned with icing sporting the facile bumper-sticker slogan ABORTION IS HEALTHCARE [sic]. Cyrus met her husband, actor Liam Hemsworth, while working on a film in Georgia in 2010.
Cyrus will once again raise funds for Planned Parenthood's fight against pro-life laws, according to Yahoo.
As she did in 2016 with a T-shirt, Cyrus is partnering with fashion designer Marc Jacobs on a designer hoodie featuring the singer's likeness with all proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood.
The 2019 version features a salacious photograph of the former child star (unfit for depiction on a family website) with the slogan "Don't **** with My Freedom."
Proponents of Georgia's pro-life bill and the rights of the unborn, however, extend beyond the politicians responsible for the spate of "heartbeat bills" and a recently signed bill in Alabama that outlaws abortion entirely except under the most extreme circumstances.
The Catholic Herald reported that a movement is afoot to boycott Netflix for its stand on abortion. Thus far, Right to Life UK has garnered more than 7,800 signatures for a petition to boycott the online video platform. A U.S. version of the same petition received more than 25,000 signatures.