Disney has been enjoying setting up shop in Georgia recently for their film productions, as Captain America: Civil War recently filmed there, but the company is willing to look for more progressive pastures if the state decides to pass the anti-gay Free Exercise Protection Act on May 3.
“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,” said a Disney spokesman today in response to a bill that has passed in Georgia legislature. The bill in question — House Bill 757 — would permit faith-based groups and organizations in the state to discriminate based on sexuality.
Following Disney and Marvel’s lead, AMC Networks, which films TV series such as The Walking Dead and Halt & Catch Fire in Georgia, has also responded to the legislature, urging Governor Nathan Deal not to sign Bill 757 into law. “As a company, AMC Networks believes that discrimination of any kind is reprehensible,” said an AMC spokesperson on Wednesday. “We applaud Governor Deal’s leadership in resisting a previous version of this divisive legislation and urge him to reject the current version as well.”
Georgia is a popular destination for production companies due to the state’s generous tax credits, so it’s interesting to see a company with as much money tied up in producing in Georgia as Disney to take such a firm stand and threaten to relocate future projects. As of this writing, Governor Deal’s office has yet to officially respond to Disney’s boycott threats.