Dean Cain Thinks Boycotting Georgia Over Its Bad Abortion Laws Is A Violation Of State's Rights
Just a few weeks ago, Georgia became the seventh state to pass a law banning abortion at six weeks, before most people know they are pregnant. While it's still technically not legal for them to do so -- because Roe v. Wade -- the state is confident that with Kavanaugh on the bench, if it goes to the Supreme Court, Roe will be overturned. And yeah, it probably will be. It doesn't help us or anybody to pretend otherwise.
In response to this recent legislation, actress Alyssa Milano wrote a letter -- which has since been co-signed by over 50 other Hollywood actors -- vowing to boycott filming anything in Georgia should the ban become law. In recent years, Atlanta has become "the Hollywood of the South," with many movies being filmed there instead of in California -- providing revenue for the state as well as employment for Georgians working in the film industry.
This is a perfectly fair and legal thing to do. It would be irresponsible, frankly, for anyone to film a movie in an area where their employees would be expected to forfeit their reproductive rights. No one is legally required to film anything in Georgia, or anything else for that matter.
And yet, several "actors" of the sort that only appear in God's Not Dead type movies are trying to "speak out" against the letter, while not making a single point of any kind.
Earlier this week, Ashley Bratcher, whom you have never heard of for any reason but who is "starring" in that terrible-looking Unplanned movie by the God's Not Dead people supposedly "fired back" against Milano on Fox News Insider:
'Unplanned' Star Fires Back at Alyssa Milano's Call to Boycott Georgia Over 'Heartbeat Bill' youtu.be
The gist of this "firing back" was that she is from Georgia and does not like abortion and Milano is not from Georgia and actually cares more about money and tax incentives than reproductive rights? I think? She also published an op-ed in Deadline in which she failed to make any kind of meaningful argument for why pro-choice Hollywood actors should continue making films in Georgia. Why? Because there isn't one.
Nevertheless, Dean Cain, who has been dining out on having been Superman for like three years since his show ended in 1997 but doesn't actually get any work outside of Hallmark Christmas movies and Pureflix titles like God's Not Dead and... whatever else, popped by Fox and Friends on Friday to try his hand at explaining why Milano and others are bad for boycotting Georgia.
Cain decided to go the "states rights" route, claiming that the boycott disrespects Georgia's right to be a sovereign state and make their own laws.
The hubris of Hollywood to say to a sovereign state like Georgia, you guys have to follow our beliefs on abortion, is ridiculous. There's a reason the 10th Amendment exists.
Except they're not saying that. They are saying "If you have this law, you cannot have our money. It's our money, we can decide what to do with it, and it's not going to you."
"For Hollywood to tell Georgia voters what their views should be on abortion is a huge mistake, and I think it's a giant overstep."
Cute, but again, that is not what is happening here. They can have whatever views on abortion they want! No one is forcing them to have one. But when they want to inflict those views on people who do not share them, by taking their reproductive rights away... that's where we're going to have a problem. Clearly, if "Georgia voters" didn't want abortion, then no one in the state would be having them to begin with, and they wouldn't even have to bother passing this law. Duh.
This mode of thinking is clearly an offshoot of the idea that individual citizens not acting on behalf of the government can violate someone's right to freedom of speech by protesting their speaking engagements, boycotting their advertisers or calling them a racist when they say racist things (actions which are, in fact, protected under the First Amendment).
Actions have consequences. If lawmakers in Georgia want to pass these terrible laws, they have to be prepared to deal with the consequences. Those consequences may be that people don't want to do business there, or that people or businesses move away. Them's the breaks!
Anyway, this is now your open thread! Have a nice Saturday!
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