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Rush Limbaugh unloads on Disney, says its hypocritical about Georgia abortion law

Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger says it will be very difficult to film in Georgia if the bill becomes law.

The Disney company and CEO Bob Iger are being hypocritical when it comes to possibly boycotting Georgia over its controversial abortion law, this according to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Netflixs chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Variety. “Its why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, well continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, wed rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”

Hypocrisy: Disneys Shameless Warning Over Georgias Heartbeat Abortion Law

"This is just hypocritical and crazy. Disney is a company founded on programming and facilities for children. And the abortion law in Georgia is designed to save and protect children. And we can’t have that," Limbaugh said on his radio show Friday.

"The way Disney is looking at this, we can’t have our audience protected. We can’t do business in a state that’s looking out for our audience and our future audience. We can’t have that," the radio host said sarcastically.

So how restrict are the abortion laws in both Jordan and Egypt? According to the Washington Free Beacon, Jordan restricts abortion in nearly all cases except in cases when the life or mental health of the mother is at risk. People in violation of those laws face imprisonment. The country Jordan also provided locations for parts of Disneys “Aladdin,” another studio threatening Georgia.

Disney, who film television shows and movies in Georgia, is among a handful of Hollywood studios reconsidering their future in the state after a controversial abortion bill was passed recently.

Paranormal, based on bestselling Arabic horror books by late Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, is being jointly produced by Salama and prominent Egyptian indie producer Mohammed Hefzy, whose Film Clinic shingle is known internationally for churning out a stream of edgy titles such as Microphone, Sheikh Jackson and Yomeddine.

The law, which would go into effect in January if it passes legal hurdles, will ban abortion after six weeks once a heartbeat can be detected.

The series, set in the 1960s, marks the streaming giants first foray into a drama produced in Egypt, which is historically the Arab worlds production powerhouse. Paranormal depicts the adventures of lead character Dr. Refaat Ismail, a hematologist who finds himself faced with a series of supernatural events.

Iger told Reuters this week it would be "very difficult" to work in Georgia if the law is implemented and that people may not want to work in the state.

Netflix was later joined by Disney, NBCUniversal, CBS, Showtime, and WarnerMedia with similar calls to boycott Georgia throughout the week. But, as noted by LifeNews, Netflix is clearly willing to work in heavily abortion-restrictive countries.

"But after being granted all these concessions because everybody’s a groupie, everybody wants Hollywood in town, everybody wants the production of Hollywood material to happen in their neighborhood or their state, then they turn around and sabotage these states this way and hold them in economic hostage," Limbaugh said.

Netflix is stepping up production in the Middle East with its third and most ambitious Arabic original, titled Paranormal, with young Egyptian director Amr Salama (Sheikh Jackson) on board as director and showrunner.

"You know, you look at these southern states, these are conservative states — Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi. Look at how hard they bend over backwards to get this industry to do business in their states. And then what do they do? They come in there, and they start making movies and TV shows that do what?" Limbaugh said. "They start making fun of people who live in the South. They trash these people. They make movies and TV shows and make jokes about ’em."

Following the abortion advocacy lead of Netflix, the leader of another major American entertainment company is preening about potentially removing his companys assets and investments from the state of Georgia if its recently-passed heartbeat bill — barring most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — is upheld and implemented.  Given the current status of American jurisprudence, this law (and a flurry of others like it) is very likely to be struck down by the courts, so this is empty posturing by Disneys chief executive officer:

According to Variety, on the very same week that Netflix threatened Georgia, the company began working on its third Arabic original, titled “Paranormal,” which will, of course, be produced in Egypt. From the report:

EXCLUSIVE: Disney CEO Bob Iger tells @Reuters it would be very difficult for the media company to keep filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect because many people will not want to work in the state pic.twitter.com/NHs58KIMR8

Earlier this week, Netflix helped start a chain reaction of major studios threatening to boycott Georgia if lawmakers did not overturn the fetal heartbeat law.

Call it anti-virtue signaling, if you will.  Its been interesting to watch the pattern of American corporations actively catering to left-wing political activists, evidently unconcerned about the effects their actions might have on the choices of tens of millions of US consumers who hold different views.  Im also curious how Dinsey might justify this moral stand if pressed further, beyond from the questionable claim that employees wouldnt perform their jobs in states with laws they dislike.  Is he suggesting that Disney cannot do business in a jurisdiction that restricts womens rights (setting aside the core question of when a childs human rights begin)?  On the issue of abortion policy alone, that doesnt seem to be the case:

As many as three Netflix original series are shot in the Middle East, two of which are produced in Jordan – “Jinn” and “Al Rawabi School for Girls.”

And in light of this apparent defense of reproductive choice, I assume hes in the process of shutting down all production in China — including shuttering the two Disney theme parks on Chinese soil.  After all, that countrys government enforces policies of compulsory abortion, anti-LGBT discrimination, and numerous egregious human rights abuses.  Is it “practical” for Disney to continue to do business in such a place?  And why would Disney even entertain a proposal for a new park in Saudi Arabia?  Meanwhile, this heartwarming story about a “miracle” baby surviving an extremely premature birth further underscores the pro-life argument, especially in the latter trimesters of pregnancy:

Over in Egypt, the Pew Research Center reports that the country has maintained a ban on abortion in nearly all circumstances since 1937.

In legislative news, Louisiana, one of the most pro-life states in the country, has passed a new abortion restriction on a bipartisan basis, and the anti-abortion Democratic governor is prepared to sign it:

BREAKING: Louisiana House of Representatives (which is run by 62 GOPers, 39 Dems and 4 Independents) passes heartbeat bill by a vote of … wait for it… 79-23. The states Democratic governor has already promised to sign the bill into law. Pretty huge stuff here.

At the other end of the spectrum, Illinois lower chamber has approved a heinous infanticide measure, turning back the clock on the grisly procedure known as partial birth abortion.  I gather the Associated Press will refer to this appalling development as “muted.”  As Jonah Goldberg quipped, this laughable double standard exists because the media controls the mute button.  But they occasionally get it right — so Ill leave you with the Washington Posts fact check of an abortion myth from abortion giant Planned Parenthoods new leader:

Guy Bensons Latest Book, End of Discussion: How the Lefts Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun). is available on Amazon


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