We have many women working on produtions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law.
This was the opening statement by Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, in regards to Georgia’s new abortion law. He also went on to say
It’s why we will work with the ACLU and other to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.
The bill, which includes exemptions for rape and incest, limits the time a woman can get an abortion to six weeks when a heartbeat is detected. It has drawn attention and backlash from many Hollywood artists and filmmakers.
Reed Hastings Contributes to Republican Missouri Legislators.
While the content officer is releasing a statement threatening to pull out of Georgia due to its abortion legislation, the CEO, Reed Hastings, has contributions on record of over $140,000 to Missouri legislators who signed the MO abortion law, 73 Republicans to be exact. This has led to many outlets saying the statement uttered by Sarandos disingenuous, but is it?
My Two Cents…
Can a CEO act independently of their corporation, or do their actions and contributions reflect the beliefs of the company? We have seen this play out with other companies such as Burger King (the shake controversy), and Chic-Fil-A (CEO being anti-LGBT). We have to ask ourselves, “How can we hold an entire company or corporation to the fire for the actions of one person? When do we draw the line?” After all, one person cannot fill all the roles necessary for a successful corporation. It takes people at all levels to make a well-oiled machine work.
We could call for a boycott, but how much would that hurt the CEO? Would it not hurt the hourly wage earners more? If we boycott and money is lost, jobs will be lost, leaving the people in non-corporate positions scrambling for new employment. Knee-jerk boycotts may feel good in the short term, but hurt blue-collar workers in the long run.
Anissa “Maddy” Walker
Owner, Editor, MWM Media