Have you ever watched as our moral betters in the entertainment business droned on and on about one social issue or the other and wondered why a normal person nearby didn’t just tell them to zip it already? I sure have. After all, the First Amendment goes both ways.
So, it was with a bit of delight that I watched a quick video as Republican state Rep Dominic LaRicciaa rather gently confronted actress Alyssa Milano (I know, she can’t get out of the headlines) as she presented a letter to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s office in Atlanta yesterday. The letter, signed by 30 other film and television workers based in Georgia, urges Kemp to veto legislation passed by state legislators known as the Heartbeat Bill last week. The governor is in support of the bill which bans abortion after a heartbeat is detected. The leftists in Hollywood aren’t pleased that if they are working in Georgia and get pregnant, their abortion options may be restricted.
LaRicciaa pounced on the opportunity to question Milano’s residency and voting in the state. In other words, he asked the exact right question. If she doesn’t live in Georgia and doesn’t vote in Georgia, then it’s not up to her to dictate what she thinks Georgia law should be. Go and worry about your own state, Ms. Milano. You’ll notice Milano was sure to get the exchange on video. She’s an actress, you know.
— Maya T. Prabhu (@MayaTPrabhu) April 2, 2019
Did you catch the very end of that clip as the videographer turns to LaRicciaa and says, “You know the Koch brothers don’t live here either.” I guess that’s her idea of a sick burn or just a clever clap back.
Ms. Milano’s response to the lawmaker wasn’t her finest moment. She’s snarky and obviously not used to being questioned in her political theatrics. The press swoons over her stunts because they are of the same political ideology. She feeds off it and the cycle continues. She needs an audience. A lone observer in the governor’s office yelled out “Yea, Alyssa” and she stopped her exit long enough to offer her thanks. At least she didn’t take a bow.
As Rep. LaRicciaa speaks with her, Milano turns to the crowd and points in his direction and says, “These are the men who are voting on what goes on inside my uterus.” She’s a little too old for her uterus to be in play, but whatever. It’s the dramatic statement that’s important here.
Before the bill passed, Milano wrote up a petition against it and 100 celebs signed on to it. Then the Writers Guild of America joined in with their own letter.
A petition started by Alyssa Milano, who’s currently in Atlanta shooting for the Netflix show “Insatiable,” was signed by more than 100 celebrities, including Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin and Judd Apatow. Milano wrote that if the bill passed, “we cannot in good conscience continue to recommend our industry remain in Georgia.”
The Writers Guild of America, East, and West (WGA) wrote in a letter shared on Twitter that they “urge Gov. Kemp to veto the bill.”
The letter from the WGA also noted that if members were to boycott filming in Georgia, “the cost would be most deeply felt by the residents of Georgia — including those who directly work in the film and television industry, and those who benefit from the many millions of dollars it pours into the local economy.”
WGAE and @WGAWest oppose Georgia's abortion ban legislation #HB481. This draconian anti-choice law would discourage people in our industry from working in Georgia and could harm the state's vibrant film and television industry. Full statement attached. pic.twitter.com/bAfJkhXSTv
— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) March 26, 2019
The message is clear. These people don’t live in Georgia or vote in Georgia but their production companies do pour millions of dollars into the state’s economy so the voters in Georgia are expected to march in lockstep with their political views. People in liberal bubbles honestly don’t stop to think regular Americans disagree with them. Ever. The party of infanticide must be obeyed.
Meanwhile, because of all the hubbub, other states are actively vying for the industry’s business. Pennsylvania’s attorney general got in on the action on social media.
Roe is the law—I protect it every day. Any state that guts women’s rights won’t succeed. #HB481
In the meantime, PA offers tax credits for:
🎥 Feature films
🎥 TV films
🎥 Talk + game show series
🎥 TV pilots / episodes
We welcome you to the Keystone State! https://t.co/TqBrLslHKR
— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) March 31, 2019
The governor hasn’t signed the bill and it won’t go into effect, barring a court battle, until January 2020. There is plenty of time for more scenes to be played out.
Correction, April 5, 14:11 (Ed): The original post misidentified the voice at the end of the Twitter video as AJC reporter Maya Prabhu. Ms. Prabhu did take the video but the voice wasn’t Ms. Prabhu’s. The paragraph after it confused the two women. I have removed the two sentences with our error in it and offer our apologies to Ms. Prabhu.