To @BrianKempGA & Speaker Ralston:
Attached, is an open letter signed by 50 actors against #HB481. On behalf of the undersigned–as people often called to work in GA or those of us contractually bound to work in GA–we hope you’ll reconsider signing this bill. #HBIsBadForBusiness pic.twitter.com/DsOmAWYU2x
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 28, 2019
“We want to continue to support the wonderful people, businesses and communities we have come to love in the Peach State,” according to the letter, which was addressed to the governor and the speaker of the House of Representatives. “But we will not do so silently, and we will do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women if H.B. 481 becomes law.”
The letter also noted that if members were to boycott filming in Georgia, “the cost would be most deeply felt by the residents of Georgia — including those who directly work in the film and television industry, and those who benefit from the many millions of dollars it pours into the local economy.”
At an event in March, Kemp said that Georgia’s entertainment industry employs more than 200,000 residents of the state and generated more than $60 billion of economic activity.
However, on Tuesday afternoon, there was near silence on social media from those who signed the March 28 letter threatening said boycott.
In addition to celebrities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights have also promised to challenge the legislation long before it goes into effect in January 2020.