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Friday, March 25, 2016 

Marvel/Disney (and Warner/DC) want to boycott Georgia if they pass a law to protect Christians from LGBT persecution

The Disney and Marvel are both threatening to stop filming in the state of Georgia if the legislature passes a law to defend Christians (and Judaism practitioners) from gay harassment demanding that they service their beliefs no matter how objectionable they find them:
The Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios indicated opposition to a Georgia religious liberty bill pending before Gov. Nathan Deal, saying that they will take their business elsewhere “should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law.”

With generous tax incentives, Georgia has become a production hub, with Marvel currently shooting “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” at Pinewood Studios outside Atlanta. “Captain America: Civil War” shot there last summer.

“Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” a Disney spokesman said on Wednesday.
Even Time Warner - meaning, by extension, DC - has made similar declarations. They might want to consider how some of the public may ponder boycotting their products if they politicize their conduct. And funny how they talk about inclusiveness when Marvel studios themselves asked Columbia not to make Peter Parker a homosexual in the Spider-Man movies. There's little chance they'd depict any of the major protagonists in the current Marvel films as gays and lesbians either, and I wouldn't be surprised if they don't plan to produce an Alpha Flight movie with Northstar depicted as Scott Lobdell wrote him in 1992 anytime soon. So what's the point of claiming inclusiveness if they don't exactly support that brand of "diversity" in their movie adaptations?

If they decide to stop filming in Georgia, it's their loss, and I'm sure there's people out there who won't mind if they decide to quit, and give up all those subsidies for location filming. Hollywood's long been going downhill quality-wise, and this won't do much to help them either. Some filmgoers who skipped the Batman vs. Superman movie probably feel glad at this point they didn't bother plunking several dollars into the tickets, and that film, as noted before, is certainly not doing well critically.

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"If they decide to stop filming in Georgia, it's their loss ..."

Actually, it's Georgia's loss: The economic impact of film and television productions in the state reaches into the billions of dollars. "Ant-Man" alone, by the state's estimates, spent about $106 million there and employed more than 3,500 residents.

Other states with production facilities would undoubtedly roll out the red carpet for Disney, Marvel, et al, but I'm not sure who'd step up to replace them in Georgia.

I have to agree with Anon, as that sweet Hollywood hedonism money is on the line. Seriously, could the state afford to refuse that, right now?

And it may no longer matter:

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/03/28/breaking-nathan-deal-will-veto-georgias-religious-liberty-bill/

So much for that. Now Hollywood applaud itself for its economic might and back to the usual trashing of Southerners in their sitcoms, movies, etc.

What, no protection for atheists or other religions?

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