Disney promotes films all around the world in countries that have very little respect for human rights. They run a theme park in China, where the government is just this side of totalitarian and where more than a million Muslims are clamped up in re-education prisons. They filmed their last Star Wars movie in Abu Dhabi, where there are strict laws against abortion with only a handful of emergency exceptions. And they shot the live-action Aladdin film in Jordan, where abortion is also illegal except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. In Jordan, by the way, violating the abortion law means both the mother and the doctor can be thrown in prison.
All of these things are just fine, according to the powers-that-be at Disney. But filming in Georgia? Oh, no, that’s a bridge too far.
Asked this week if Disney would continue to shoot films in Georgia after the state’s anti-abortion law goes into effect, CEO Bob Iger said it would be “very difficult to do so.”
“I rather doubt we will,” Iger said. “I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now we are watching it very carefully. I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
Practical? What, do dozens of women on every Disney set need abortions throughout the production of a film?
Disney is not the only production company to threaten pulling out of Georgia when and if the abortion law goes into effect. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said his company would rethink its relationship with the state, and 50 Hollywood actors signed an open letter penned by Alyssa Milano threatening to boycott Georgia.
So far, Gov. Brian Kemp has remained steadfast.
“I realize that some may challenge it in a court of law,” Kemp said of the 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.”