Award-winning actor and director Rob Reiner stated that he won’t film any movies in North Carolina until it repeals a new law that destroys protections for the statewide LGBT community.
The new law was in response to an ordinance passed in Charlotte, which established specific civil protections for LGBT citizens living in that city. The new law overrides claim to be an “anti-discrimination” measure which only includes race, gender, color, biological sex, national origin, and of course religion. It purposely leaves out sexual orientation, thereby making Charlotte’s measure null and void in the eyes of the state.
The director of such hits as A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally and The Princess Bride minced no words when he joined the Chorus of industry heavyweights refusing to work in states that pass anti-LGBT legislation.
“Until this hateful law is repealed and LGBT North Carolinians are treated with the equal dignity they deserve, I will not film another production in North Carolina, and I encourage my colleagues in the entertainment industry to vow to do the same,” Reiner said in a statement Friday.
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On Thursday, an official with the Motion Picture Association of America said movie studios reject “any law that legitimizes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”
North Carolina’s law will cost them more than just Hollywood’s investment. ESPN was considering allowing North Carolina to host the summer X Games. ESPN released a statement denouncing the decision and essentially scratching North Carolina’s name from the list of potential host states. The Statement reads:
“At ESPN, we embrace diversity and inclusion and will evaluate all of our options as we seek a new city for the X Games.”
North Carolina’s NBA team the Charlotte Hornets offered a more nuanced and softer rebuke of the state’s new law. In tweet, the organization said that it generally opposed discrimination and welcomes all fans to enjoy their games.
The Charlotte Hornets have issued the following statement: pic.twitter.com/5IOzSjjncM
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) March 25, 2016
The NCAA has 2017 and 2018 tournament games scheduled in North Carolina, the organization said that it’s monitoring the situation very closely.
“It is our expectation that all people will be welcomed and treated with respect in cities that host our NCAA championships and events,” The NCAA said.
Recently Disney, Marvel Studios, the NFL, and AMC recently threatened to not do business in Georgia if it passed a “Religious Liberty” bill which would open the door for discrimination against LGBT and possibly other minority communities. AMC currently produces its mega-hit TV show The Walking Dead in the state of Georgia.
It seems that the stars are aligning against states that choose to discriminate against a minority of its citizens to cater to the bigoted religious right, and it’s about damn time.
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