Spike Lee: Time for Hollywood to 'shut it down' in Georgia after new abortion law

Acclaimed Hollywood director Spike Lee is urging Hollywood production companies to boycott Georgia after the state passed a restrictive “heartbeat” abortion ban.

While many studios are waiting for the law to take effect next year before taking action, Georgia-based productions should “shut it down” now, Lee said Thursday at actor Denzel Washington’s AFI Lifetime Achievement tribute, according to The Associated Press.

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Since Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed the legislation, which bans abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, several production companies and entertainment industry figures have declared they won’t bring their business to Georgia.

Actress Alyssa Milano spearheaded a letter, signed by 49 other actors, sent to Kemp opposing the legislation before its passage. Other members of the entertainment industry, including David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” have taken a stance, declaring they will not conduct business in the state.

The motion picture and TV industry has brought in more than 92,000 jobs and nearly $4.6 billion in wages in Georgia since 2010, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.