Late to the Party: HRC’s Chad Griffin Urges Hollywood To Boycott Georgia If Anti-LGBT Bill Passed
Instead of urging Hollywood’s movie and television industry to get on board and speak-out against Georgia’s heinous anti-gay” license to discriminate” bill for the past 2 months. Chad Hunter Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign finally spoke out last night at his group’s Los Angeles gala where he called on the assembled Hollywood movers and shakers to boycott the state if the bill becomes law.
“I know we have many entertainment industry leaders in the room tonight. Like other states, Georgia offers tax incentives for TV and film productions, and as a result, the entertainment industry has a huge economic footprint in the state. But if this bill is signed into law, your employees, your contractors — all those working on your production are at risk of state-sanctioned discrimination. That is wrong. It’s un-American. It’s an affront on all the values Hollywood prides itself on. And you have the influence and the opportunity to not only defeat this bill, but to send a message that there are consequences to passing dangerous and hateful laws like this. And so tonight, we’re asking you to join us as we urge TV and film studios, directors and producers, to commit to locating no further productions in the state of Georgia if this bill becomes law.”
Back2Stonewall.com has been reaching out to major television productions such as “The Walking Dead” and other television shows that film companies that shoot in Georgia for the past few months.
The anti-gay bill was sent to Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal to sign on Friday. Deal has spoken out against the bill.