When North Carolina’s state amendment banning gay marriage passed last night, a whole bunch of celebrities wagged their fingers at all the people backwards enough to vote for it, and some went beyond that and wagged their fingers at the entire state. “Oh North Carolina – the disappointment we feel now is nothing compared to the bewilderment & shame your children will feel” tweeted actress Mia Farrow. Actor Alan Cumming was similarly mad: “Wow North Carolina, wow. What a sad day when you tell the world you are active and blatant persecutors of civil rights, equality and love.”
This is all well and good, but why shouldn’t they put their money where their mouths are? As it turns out, a ton of movies are shot in North Carolina, including a recent flick called The Hunger Games (maybe you’ve heard of it?). These shoots provide millions of dollars worth of taxes, jobs, and local business each year; according to the North Carolina Film Office, movies brought in a total of $221 million in revenue last year alone. If Hollywood really wants to show it doesn’t tolerate intolerance, might I suggest moving all film shoots out of that state until they stop legislating discrimination? If the US can place trade embargoes on countries based on human rights abuses, I don’t see why the powerful folks in Hollywood shouldn’t do the same thing to North Carolina.
Or, the people who make movies could be huge hypocrites by continuing to film there while decrying the state’s anti-gay laws. What’s a little bigotry when there are tax breaks on the line?