March 23, 2016


Disney and Marvel to Boycott Georgia if Anti-Gay Bill Passes

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UPDATE (3/23, 5:00 p.m.): AMC Networks, which is home to The Walking Dead, have also come forth to oppose Georgia's anti-gay bill. Like the aforementioned Marvel films, the popular horror drama series is shot in Atlanta. A company spokesperson said in a statement,

“As a company, AMC Networks believes that discrimination of any kind is reprehensible. 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.”

ORIGINAL STORY: The Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios are taking a stand against Georgia, as the companies plan to boycott the state if an anti-gay bill passes, according to Variety. Impending legislation will protect religious officials from executing same-sex marriage ceremonies and also allow organizations to decline services or employment to people who violate their “sincerely held religious belief.”

At this point, the bill (which was passed by state legislators) only requires a signature from Governor Nathan Deal. A Disney spokesperson shared a statement in light of the news:

“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."

Vans Stevenson, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) senior vice president of state government affairs, commented on the issue: “We are confident that Governor Deal will not allow a discriminatory bill to become law in Georgia."

If the companies do boycott the state, it will have an effect on their future production. Captain America: Civil War (out this May) was filmed in Atlanta last year, while Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (set for a May 2017 release) is currently being shot at Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville, GA.

Disney has been a longtime supporter of gay rights, as they've hosted their annual Gay Days since 1991 and included health benefits for employees in same-sex relationships.