“We Will Boycott You”: How Hollywood so far reacts to Texas abortion laws

Faced with a draconian new restriction on abortion rights in Texas (home to nearly 30 million people, four million more than Australia), the most sensible people wonder, “what the hell are we doing now?” That includes Hollywood, and judging by the votes cast so far, women’s bodily autonomy is a problem that can encourage action.

Actor and lawyer Patricia Arquette was one of the first out of the gate proposing a Hollywood boycott. “We will not stop until women have fully equal rights in every state in America. We will boycott you. We will organize you. We will beat you, ”she wrote.

Shortly after, her sister Rosanna Arquette put her money where her mouth was.

Author Megan Kelly Hall suggested that all entertainers should cancel their Texas dates.

Such a step is not entirely out of the question. So far, access to abortion has been severely curtailed for women in Texas and precludes actions such as a new congressional proposal. But nationwide, the future of the landmark Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade remains threatened. And Republicans in other states, including Florida, are seeking to take similar steps to the Lone Star state, which is encouraged by the Supreme Court’s lack of protection of women’s rights there.

In 2019, when women’s abortion rights were threatened in Georgia, forces in Hollywood fought a battle. Bob Iger, then CEO of the Walt Disney Company, said he would move his company (which includes much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe) out of state in solidarity with its employees, and Netflix said they would “rethink its investment. . ” Kristen Wiig made not only threats; she changed places on Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.. (Thanks to tax deductions initiated in 2008, Atlanta has become a major hub for film and television production, even called “The Hollywood of the South!”). But Texas presents an even more formidable challenge, as the Supreme Court did not block the law and possibly warn of what is to come for women in red states who do not have the means to travel to exercise their reproductive rights.


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