Texas's controversial new abortion law could have a chilling effect on the film industry there, as some Hollywood heavyweights — including Patricia Arquette — call for a boycott of the state.
Several entertainers took to social media in the wake of the Supreme Court's refusal in a 5-4 decision on Thursday to block the state's law, which bans nearly all abortions. The legislation, signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in May, took effect on Wednesday.
Former "Medium" star Arquette denounced the law, telling her more than 500,000 Twitter followers that "America can no longer claim to be the greatest democracy in the world" because it "isn't for American women."
Arquette, a prominent Democratic activist, also urged supporters to "boycott" the Lone Star State.
It is not over. We will not rest. We will not stop until women have full equal rights in every state in America. We will boycott you. We will out organize you. We will strike you. We will win your seats of power from you. #RoeVWade— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 1, 2021
A tweet from author Megan Kelley Hall calling on "every recording artist or entertainer, every athlete, every comedian" to protest the move by canceling appearances in Texas, also went viral:
Every recording artist or entertainer, every athlete, every comedian, should cancel their tour dates in Texas.— MΞGAN KΞLLΞY HALL (@MeganKelleyHall) September 1, 2021
Don’t wait another second.
Don’t bring money & business to a state that has put $10k bounties on women’s heads.#TexasTaliban #RoeVWade
Calls for a boycott had echoes of what happened in Georgia in 2019, when multiple productions and famous names, including director Spike Lee, Alyssa Milano, Amy SchumerAmy Beth SchumerWill Hollywood abandon Texas over abortion law? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate to vote on infrastructure bill; budget package up next Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart to headline star-studded 9/11 benefit show MORE and Ben Stiller, among others, threatened to pull projects there after the state passed its so-called "heartbeat" abortion ban.
Filmmakers pumped more than $1.6 billion into Texas's economy from 2007 to 2020, according to the Texas Film Commission.
Other laws that have stirred controversy have led to major boycotts from companies and events. Last year, Major League Baseball decided to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia in protest of the state's then-newly signed law that tightened voting restrictions.
Asked Thursday if President BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE would support a boycott against Texas, White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Altria — FDA advisers endorse Pfizer vaccine for kids The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - White House to host lawmakers as negotiations over agenda hit critical stage MORE said, "That's not a call we're making from here. What our effort and the focus of the federal government is, is to look for every resource, every lever at our disposal to ensure that women in Texas have the ability to seek health care."
As news of the Texas abortion law spread, "West Wing" alum Allison Janney and Milano shared a message on Twitter that the "time to fight for our reproductive health and rights is now!"
The new Texas abortion ban, #SB8, gives politicians, neighbors, & even strangers the right to sue those who provide — or just help patients get — abortion after 6 wks. The time to fight for our reproductive health & rights is now! @ppact #BansOffOurBodies https://t.co/XcOCpvQYKQ pic.twitter.com/3IiQNp8Srk— Allison Janney (@AllisonBJanney) September 2, 2021
The 6-week abortion ban in Texas is horrific. Most people don't even know they're pregnant by that time.— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) September 1, 2021
The bill invites private citizens to police their neighbors, placing a $10,000 'bounty on people who provide or aid abortions.'
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Let me get this straight. We can’t tell you that you need to wear a mask during a deadly pandemic because “your body, your right” but you’re allowed to police whether a woman is pregnant and seeking an abortion?— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 2, 2021