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.


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.