So now a handful of would-be Hollywood movie stars think they can tell the state of Georgia what laws we can and cannot pass. Hollywood had better think again.
Someone named Alyssa Milano has gotten up a petition in opposition to a law recently passed by the Georgia General Assembly that would effectively ban most abortions in the state of Georgia once a heartbeat in the new baby could be detected—about six weeks after conception. Her petition is sort of like a blackmail note as she threatens that she and her buddies will encourage a boycott of the thriving Georgia film industry. More movies were made in Georgia the last two years than in California.
Alyssa Milano, as it turns out is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and a Bernie Sanders supporter. In other words — a socialist — and has never met a left-wing cause she didn’t like. Among those who have signed her petition is Alec Baldwin, who was famously recorded cursing-out his then 11-year-old daughter and calling her names that can’t be printed in this newspaper, as well as a “rude thoughtless pig.” He has also been arrested and charged with assault and/or disorderly conduct on at least three occasions. Raise your hand if you think Alec Baldwin is fit to tell Georgia legislators what to do.
Uza Aduba signed, also. Uza recently won a Point Foundation award for supporting LGBTQ rights. Ironic that those rights don’t extend to unborn babies, in her opinion.
Rosie O’ Donnell signed the petition. This is the same human being who once came under fire for telling an employee at her own magazine, who was battling cancer at the time, “You know what happens to people who lie. They get sick and they get cancer. If they keep lying, they get it again.” Yeah, I want her telling my state what to do.
Colin Hanks signed. The only reason anybody ever heard of Colin Hanks is because his father is a talented actor. Colin, not so much. There were other names that I honestly have never heard of, such as Essence Atkins, Felicia Day, Elizabeth Tulloch and about three dozen more nondescript personalities, along with a few people whose work I know, like Will Wheaton, who peaked when he was 12, and Amy Schumer, whose mama didn’t raise her to keep her clothes on in public.
It wouldn’t have mattered to me if the ghosts of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall had signed Alyssa Milano’s petition. Georgia doesn’t take orders from Hollywood, and Brian Kemp cannot be bought or scared away from his moral beliefs or the issues upon which he ran.
The reason the so-called Hollywood 50 believes they have leverage in our state is because, of course, so many television shows and movies are filmed here. They think they can dangle the threat of losing money over our collective heads and we will bow to their whims. The Bible was right you know. The love of money really is the root of all evil.
But money is the reason Hollywood has come South to begin with. A little history lesson — of course.
The late Burt Reynolds probably had as much to do with laying the foundation for Georgia’s film industry as anyone. He recognized the fact that we had everything the industry could want in the way of scenery and infrastructure. His mega-hit, “Deliverance,” set the table and then-governor Jimmy Carter recognized the economic boon the film industry could be to our state and created the Georgia Film Commission.
Many more Reynolds flicks ensued, including all his Gator McClusky films and the Smokey and the Bandit series. The “Dukes of Hazzard” wasn’t far behind and that series begat “In the Heat of the Night,” and by the turn of the century the state of Georgia was offering huge tax breaks to companies that wanted to produce their movies and television shows within our borders. Plus, people work cheap in Georgia. And municipalities have been so star-struck that they will bend over backwards to allow production companies to take over entire towns, if necessary, to produce their wares.
To be sure, there are many financial benefits to Georgia’s becoming Hollywood South. But Hollywood benefits a lot more than we do, or they wouldn’t be here. And the industry will not allow a petition signed by 50 B-list celebrities to kill the goose that laid the golden egg.
I applaud Georgia lawmakers for passing their bill to protect human life. I applaud Brian Kemp for standing firm to his convictions. (Governor Kemp had not signed the bill as these words were written, but I know that he will.)
And to all of you left-coast lunatics that think you can tell us Georgians how to live. In the immortal words of Flo the waitress, “Kiss my grits.”