Anytime a Republican-led state passes legislation Hollywood celebrities do not like; you can always count on some of the more outspoken actors and actresses to engage in Twitter activism. By posting a Tweet, they feel as though they have made a real difference in society by sharing their opinions and threatening to boycott a state, company, or organization that didn't do what they wanted.
This month's Hollywood Twitter activism focuses on the growing debate on abortion as states across the nation pass new legislation that either restricts or expands the procedure.
Thanks to tax credits, Georgia's film industry has grown significantly over the past few years as many TV and movie production companies have moved from Hollywood to "Hollywood South" due to the cheaper costs of producing in the Peach State.
After Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the heartbeat bill into law, the usual Hollywood Twitter tribe went to posting threats of never working again in the state and encouraged others to boycott Georgia and to maybe even donate to their favorite Hollywood celebrity-approved charity.
You would assume the possibility of losing millions of dollars of revenue for the state would concern the governor and maybe make him reconsider his public opinions on the issue. However, the possible boycotts from Hollywood haven't deterred him from his strong stance on the matter.
Saturday at the Georgia Republican Convention Kemp said: "I understand that some folks don't like this new law. I am fine with that. We're elected to do what's right — and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do." He went to mock Hollywood celebrities specifically: "We value and protect innocent life. Even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk."
According to TheBlaze, Lauren Groh-Wargo, the governor's top aide, said the governor isn't worried about Hollywood leaving the state: "[He] literally does not care if the film industry leaves Georgia."
I believe Kemp isn't worried about Hollywood taking their productions elsewhere because in the back of his mind, he probably knows that it's all just talk. He knows they're just mad and they're just ranting because at the end of the day it's a money decision.
Hollywood studios have invested too much money in creating an infrastructure in the state of offices and production facilities with some of those businesses Georgia based to pack up and leave. Packing up shop would cost too much money.
Yes, some celebrities may not work in Georgia anymore, but it's not going to be enough to really have a financial impact on the state. Most actors/actresses will continue to work in the state and will justify their continued working in the state by donating money to charities that support their politics or by saying they don't want to make those that work in the industry in Georgia lose their job.
If you recall, Hollywood entertainers promised to leave America if Trump won yet they're still here. This is a similar situation. Bottom line is it's a money move, and Hollywood isn't going anywhere.
Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.