Hollywood’s Human Rights Duplicity

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After a law was passed in Georgia to save the lives of pre-born babies with detectable heartbeats, many in Hollywood grabbed their leftist playbooks and began clamoring for a boycott of the state.

Netflix, Disney, and a smattering of Left Coast companies threatened to pull production away from Georgia if the implementation of the law began to take effect.

Allyssa Milano, who had previously called for women to boycott Georgia by means of restraint of affections, has now made a color-coded map of states deemed “most threatened,” “under threat,” or “least threatened” by pro-life legislation.

Despite the high degree of virtue signaling that has taken place regarding the issue, Hollywood continues to conduct business with foreign governments that hold abysmal human rights records.

The very same Hollywood companies that give lip service to the women empowerment movement continue to engage in an all-out quest for money from countries with dreadful women’s rights records, including Saudi Arabia, which consistently ranks in the “worst of the worst” category, according to Freedom House.

The nation of Brunei has a Sharia-based penal code, which imposes death by stoning for extramarital affairs or certain sexual acts as well as amputation of limbs for theft crimes, among other brutal penalties for criminal offenses.

Human Rights Watch states that Brunei’s Sharia law imposes “a wide range of restrictions that discriminate against women and sexual and gender minorities” and “violates freedom of expression and religion.”

Entertainment moguls continue to use the Beverly Hills Hotel for power meetings, ignoring the fact that the venue was boycotted several years ago when the owner of the hotel, the Sultan of Brunei, first decreed Sharia law.

Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, is roundly condemned by Hollywood’s media allies on the left for his tough stand on illegal immigration, particularly when it comes to the outsized migrant population that has been flooding European countries in recent years.

The establishment media became frenzied recently when President Trump praised the Hungarian prime minister for a “tremendous job.”

“You’re respected all over Europe,” President Trump said. “Probably, like me, a little bit controversial, but that’s OK, You’ve done a good job and you’ve kept your country safe.”

For his part Orban told the press, “I would like to express that we are proud to stand together with United States on fighting against illegal migration, on terrorism, and to protect and help Christian communities all around the world.”

Vox characterized the meeting as one “between two like-minded illiberal leaders, men at the forefront of the campaign to undermine Western democracy from within.”

Vox’s statement epitomizes the worldview of liberal Hollywood. Still, many entertainment companies continue to shoot various productions in Hungary, despite differing so fundamentally with the country’s national and political ideology.

It is shockingly real that China, the most dangerous nation to America’s future, is now making decisions on what entertainment content Americans will consume, courtesy of the Hollywood companies that kowtow to the communist censors in Beijing.

Left Coast filmmakers are financing projects, partnering up with Chinese state-controlled companies, and distributing finished product in China. Hollywood firms have partnered on the production of a number of well known films, including “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and “Venom.”

Only a small number of foreign movies are allowed into China each year. Studios are routinely permitting Chinese censors to alter themes, plots, and characters of the movies that are allowed into the country, in an effort to gain access to China’s market.

The ruling Communist Party will not allow media content that deals with religion, alcoholism, ethnic conflict, homosexuality, or any subject that might be critical of the government.

The disaster movie “2012” has a plotline in which the Chinese government rescues humanity. In the film “Gravity,” actress Sandra Bullock is able to survive in outer space via the safety provided by a Chinese Space Station. The makers of Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” were evidently pressured to change a Tibetan character to a Celtic one in order to satisfy Chinese predilections about Tibet. The Academy Award winning “Call Me By Your Name” was banned in China for its depiction of homosexuality. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Walt Disney Studios had to re-edit the films “Skyfall” and “Iron Man 3” respectively, in order to please Chinese censors.

China is now attempting to destroy the rule of law in Hong Kong with a highly dangerous extradition bill. The proposed bill recently resulted in millions of protesters taking to the streets. If implemented as law, the bill would subject the citizens of Hong Kong to the kangaroo courts of mainland China, which are known for being devoid of due process.

In truth, Hollywood has become a puppet of authoritarian rulers that suppress freedom of thought, word and deed. Meanwhile the town’s silence on the human rights records of countries around the globe is deafening as its own greed eclipses conscience.

Woke Disney is Risky Business

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Entertainment behemoth Walt Disney Company, which as a business startup had a focus on child-oriented product, now has a CEO who has taken an anti-child stance on a significant societal issue.

In a Reuters interview that took place prior to the dedication of Disneyland’s newest land, “Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge,” Disney head Bob Iger was asked whether or not the company would continue to use the state of Georgia as a location for the filming of its projects.

The reason the question was posed to Iger is because Georgia recently passed a state law that bans abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat can be detected (approximately six weeks of gestation). Iger was letting the world know which side Disney is on in the culture war that continues to surround abortion.

The CEO stated that it would be “very difficult” for Disney to continue to engage in its on-location production activities in Georgia if the new law were to take effect.

Georgia is a preferred locale for many of Hollywood’s film and television projects, due to a 20 percent base transferable tax credit. The Peach State brought in $2.7 billion in revenue from such projects in 2018.

“Well, I think if it becomes law, it’ll be very difficult to produce there,” Iger told Reuters. “I rather doubt we will. I think many people who work for us will not want to work there and we’ll have to heed their wishes in that regard.”

Iger continued, “I think it’s also likely to be challenged in the courts and that could delay it. …But if it becomes law, I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”

A sizable amount of The Mouse House’s production has been based in Georgia locales, including that of its blockbusters “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

A number of aptly termed “heartbeat bills” have already been passed, and/or are in the process of moving forward in states that include Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio, using legitimate legislative processes that express the will of the people and allow citizens to exercise their right of self-governance in each respective state.

By choosing to weigh in on one of society’s most controversial concerns, Iger may have inflicted harm on his company’s well-honed brand by slighting a significant segment of Disney’s customer base.

The company recently acquired 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets and is planning to launch its new Disney+ streaming service this year, which will reportedly be loaded with family friendly content. Disney also plans to capitalize on its collection of beloved characters from its “Star Wars,” Marvel, and Pixar catalogs.

Interestingly, at the same time Disney’s CEO is talking about pulling out of Georgia, the company he heads is operating a theme park and distributing movies in China, a country that is known for banning parts of the web, depriving people of their liberties, and engaging in human rights abuses.

Disney recently filmed a live-action adaptation of its 1998 animated film “Mulan” in China. Marvel, a Disney subsidiary, has actually been criticized for caving to censors in China by changing a character’s ethnicity from Tibetan to Celtic.

Iger recently discussed with the Saudi crown prince the prospect of having an amusement park in Saudi Arabia, a place where women are forced to endure second class status.

The comments of Iger followed those of Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who not only said that Netflix’s production would be exiting Georgia, but also indicated that the streaming company would support legal efforts to overturn the democratically passed heartbeat law.

Netflix filmed its hit series “Stranger Things” in Georgia as well as the upcoming sci-fi show “Raising Dion.”

Sarandos told Variety, “We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law… Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”

However, Netflix does not seem particularly concerned with women’s rights, or even human rights for that matter. The company pulled an episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj,” which criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This was purportedly done so that it would be unable to be viewed by Saudis following a “take down request” from the Saudi Arabian government. Netflix additionally shot “Marco Polo” in Malaysia, a place in which Sharia law is imposed.

Shortly after Disney and Netflix weighed in on Georgia, other Hollywood companies saw fit to jump on the virtue-signaling bandwagon as well, including WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, AMC, CBS, Viacom, and Sony, indicating that each may also withdraw from using Georgia production sites.

The Georgia law also prompted a group of Hollywood celebrities to speak out, which included Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, and Alyssa Milano. Directors J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, and Ron Howard for the moment are filming there but have plans to donate money to the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups opposing Georgia’s duly passed legislation.

Not all left-wingers are united on ways in which to handle the Georgia law, though. Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is seeking to avoid a boycott over concerns that the citizens of Georgia could be hurt. And more than 3,300 women have signed a “We Work Here” Change.org petition, initiated by The Women of Film in Georgia, expressing opposition to any boycott of the state.