The effects of the controversial U.S. anti-abortion bill are being felt in the entertainment industry, with Kristen Wiig pulling production of her upcoming comedy that was set to shoot in Georgia.
Following the May 7 signing of the so-called heartbeat bill that bans abortions after six weeks, Wiig and her co-star and Bridesmaids writing partner Annie Mumolo, are taking their planned buddy comedy, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, out of the state known for its attractive tax breaks.
Emmy-winning director Reed Moreno (The Handmaid’s Tale) is also on the lookout for a new location to film the upcoming series Power, based on a novel about women who develop the ability to shoot electric bolts out of their fingertips and wildly shift gender dynamics, in light of the bill’s passing.
“There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there,” she told TIME.
Georgia’s film and TV industry employs an estimated 92,000 people and brings in billions of dollars, meaning these boycotts could pose a significant financial threat to the state that’s become a production powerhouse.
Jason Bateman has also said he would move production of his award-winning series Ozark elsewhere if the bill goes into effect. (Variety notes that it’s expected to head to a higher court and is scheduled to take effect at the beginning of next year.)
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There is an attack on women happening in this country right now. I won’t be silent and I have no shame about my personal choice. I am 1 in 4. #youknowme ❤️ I know there is power in sharing our stories. I know it. There is also power in following and donating to some of the organizations doing work to try to stop these draconian laws from going into effect: @prochoiceamerica @plannedparenthood @yellowfund @reprorights
The anti-abortion bill has been a lighting rod for protests arguing against legislating women’s right to choose that have seen bold-name stars like Busy Phillips, Minka Kelly, Alia Shawkat and more share their abortion stories in an effort to de-stigmatize the procedure and reveal how devastating and dangerous the effects would be for women everywhere.