Georgia's controversial abortion bill has sent Hollywood into an alarming situation. As the protest against the 'heartbeat bill' intensifies, filmmakers and studio executives were left on the edge of fighting against the legislation and keeping their $3 billion business in the state.
Joining a host of Hollywood celebrities, the star of Netflix's hit show Ozark, Jason Bateman, threatened that he will boycott Georgia if the abortion ban is passed into law.
"If the ‘heartbeat bill’ makes it through the court system, I will not work in Georgia, or any other state, that is so disgracefully at odds with women’s rights," Bateman declared to The Hollywood Reporter.
As a popular actor in Georgia, in the event that other celebrities get influenced by Bateman's advocacy, this could create a major impact on Georgia's economy — considering the fact that the state has a famously overflowing 30 percent tax credit system, which means that it’s used by plenty of primary TV and movie companies for production and filming.
On another note, Republican Governor Brian Kemp spoke at the Georgia Republican convention where he acknowledged the increasing fallout after he approved the anti-abortion law.
"I understand that some folks don't like this new law. I'm fine with that," Kemp said.
"We're elected to do what's right — and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do." He also added, "We are the party of freedom and opportunity. We value and protect innocent life - even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk."
So far, Alexa Chung, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, Kylie Jenner, and Pink are among the famous celebrities to have spoken out. This is a clear implication that it's only a matter of time before more artists decide to voice their opinion and choose not to work in states who support the legislation.