• Wed, May 9 2012

Should Hollywood Stop Filming In North Carolina Now That Amendment 1 Has Passed?

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?

(Via HuffPost)

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  • shala

    People are ridiculous; we voted on a belief- if you don’t like it move! this is the most ignorant article ever; You’re assuming that because we said that marriage requires a man and a woman (consummated by sex while involves two DIFFERENT body parts in order to procreate) … that we have a problem with who the homosexual IS as a person. There are plenty of us who LIKE people who happen to have a different sexual opinion than we do… however we disagree that marriage is something they are missing out on. Go get a blessing from someone… but there are two body parts for a reason. As far as “the benefits” there are plenty of people who don’t receive these benefits… get over it or move somewhere so you can get your self seeking ghratification.

    • Jamie Peck

      Honest question: how can you “like” someone and want to deprive them of their rights at the same time? Like, “Hey Bob, you’re a cool guy and all, I just don’t think you deserve health insurance, hospital visits, adoption rights, or alimony if things go wrong because of what you and your partner’s genitals happen to look like. Would you like another beer?”

    • Em

      How can you possibly say you “like” homosexuals and deny them of their basic human rights? It is none of your or your state’s business who someone else loves. People are people, and love is love. There is nothing you can say to justify the horrible wrong that the people of North Carolina have done to thousands. What about gay children in North Carolina? What are they going to think now that their state has turned on them? I’m afraid you are the ignorant one here, Shala. Shame on you and on the people of North Carolina for what you’ve done.

    • Maggie

      I agree with Jamie. How can you say you “like” someone and then deny them their basic human rights? It’s none of your or your state’s business who someone else loves. People are people, and love is love. There is nothing you can say to justify the horrible wrong that North Carolina has just done to thousands of people. What about gay children in North Carolina? What are they going to think and do now that their state has turned its’ back on them? The people of North Carolina ought to be ashamed of themselves. I’m afraid it’s you that is ignorant, Shala.

    • porkchop

      Shala–the question is, since the Hollywood establishment has already condemned NC, would they be hypocrites for continuing to make movies there?

      (also “other people also get s*** on” is not a good argument for keeping different rights for LGBT)

    • Steph

      Your religion shouldn’t dictate my rights.

    • MJ1980

      Shala,

      Maybe the fact that people vote for what they believe religiously is the very reason civil rights issues should not be voted on by the people. It’s usually the case that people will vote based on biase and not on what is truly right.

      And, when you say you should just move if you don’t agree…What if you can’t afford to move? Does that mean you’re doomed to live in a Southern back-water that hates you because you were born gay? Grow up, everyone deserves equal rights.

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  • Elizabeth

    YES! Hollywood and any major corporation should move their headquarters out of North Carolina immediately. I’m looking at you Bank of America!

  • Lauren

    A VERY good point that I hope is something seriously thought about when producers are setting up their next project.

    Also, @shala – religious beliefs and civil rights are different. Gay people are not looking for a religious marriage here, they are looking for a legal one. This is why there is supposed to be a separation of church and state.

  • Bill Holden

    People – please remember and consider that not all of us North Carolinians voted FOR Amendment One. 40% of the state INCLUDING ME voted against it. Should filming also be boycotted in other states where other Amendments and propositions have passed banning same sex marriage? If so, move out of California too and film somewhere in the Northeastern US or Washington state. You only have about 20 states to choose from. It is ignorant for the few celebrities to point (or wag) the finger at the entire state just because of the stupid 60% that voted for the Amendment. Give NC a break. I mean, the whole country has religious fanatics and embarrassments. I mean – we voted George W. into office twice didn’t WE? (See how it feels?) Its ridiculous to claim Hollywood should boycott filming in NC when their state has Prop 8. Ridiculous article – ridiculous suggestion….. Oh and SHALA – you don’t speak for all North Carolinians – my friends or family. I have religious family members that believe in being “Christ-like” – basically loving everyone and not passing judgement on others – who voted AGAINST Amendment One…so don’t use some FALSE Christian argument about how you can justify denying others of their rights. I don’t want to hear it.

  • rb

    Isn’t gay marriage illegal in Hollywood?

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  • alan davis

    Really? Homosexuals cannot marry in Hollywood…remember that you dips??? Why wouldn’t Hollywood stars pull out of Cal when they passed a similar law??? Good riddance, all the Hollywood stars are mostly rich perverts that marry so much they marry their own mommas, and half the people out there don’t even know who their daddy is. ADIOS perverts

    • Jenni Maier

      I’m going to need some links to back up this statement: “all the Hollywood stars are mostly rich perverts that marry so much they marry their own mommas”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/austin.d.norwood Austin Davis Norwood

    Allowing same sex marriage is completely against the definition of marriage, as stated in the Bible. This country was formed on religious principles and it should always be upheld as such. If you don’t like it, get out. If you can’t afford to move, deal with it and respect why this country was founded.