Could Disney and NBCUniversal’s threats to boycott conservative states over their pro-life legislation cost them bigly?
That’s the question that was posed Saturday by contributor Matt Norcross of NewsBusters, one of several online news outlets owned by the Media Research Center.
“Both companies operate theme parks and resorts, and their respective operations in Orlando, Florida are among the most visited every summer. But with these entities possibly joining in Hollywood’s efforts to boycott Georgia, that could effect their respective businesses greatly,” he theorized.
Is he right? Maybe. But first some backstory.
Last week both Disney and NBCUniversal issued statements threatening to withdraw from states that pursue pro-life legislation, much to the annoyance of proud pro-life activists:
#boycottDisney THEY AGREE TO KILLING BAMBI ! @Disney HAS SO MUCH MONEY. We have to hurt them back in their wallet.
Rush Limbaugh blisters Disney over abortion hypocrisy: Law protects ‘Children! Children! Kids! Little babies…’ Conservative News Today https://t.co/000TwRi74b
— Ariane Dolgah (@ArianeDolgah) June 2, 2019
Asked by Reuters whether Disney would continue filming in Georgia in particular, where last month Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a pro-life heartbeat bill that banned abortions after six weeks, CEO Bob Iger said it’d be “very difficult to do so.”
“I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now we are watching it very carefully,” he added.
In a statement to Reuters, Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal echoed this sentiment but directed it at any state that passes any sort of pro-life legislation.
“We fully expect that the heartbeat bills and similar laws in various states will face serious legal challenges and will not go into effect while the process proceeds in court,” the media conglomerate said. “If any of these laws are upheld, it would strongly impact our decision-making on where we produce our content in the future.”
Disney and NBCUniversal aren’t alone. Dozens of companies have vowed to boycott Georgia and other pro-life states — and all with the blessing of Hollywood’s many left-wing celebrities.
“They got to shut it down, you know?” filmmaker Spike Lee said this week in reference to Hollywood’s production work in Georgia. “I’m sorry — I’m not sorry — but I know it’s going to affect people’s livelihood, but that’s how things change.”
What remains unknown is whether any of these laws will actually be enacted. Every pro-life bill that’s been passed and signed into law in recent days is slated to face some sort of legal challenge before its implementation date. Some are already facing one.
After Mississippi signed into law its own heartbeat bill last month, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking it. The case may very well wind up making it to the Supreme Court.
What is known is that a large chunk of Americans identify as pro. According to Gallup data from 2018, 48 percent of the American population identifies as pro-life, while another 48 percent identifies as pro-abortion. This means roughly half of all Americans believes that unborn babies deserve rights. And as it stands, some among this half of America is making its voice heard loud and clear.
— Angela Samuels (@AngelaSamuels76) May 30, 2019
All that would do is hurt the poor even more. You are withholding revenue that filming would bring into poor communities and small businesses! Good thinking BOB! Maybe we should #boycottdisney
— jaimewj (@jami_ej) May 30, 2019
Disney’s CEO (read “the antiwalt”) supports the murder of babies, and threatened if Georgia doesn’t support the murder of babies he will pull all his Disney dollars out of the state. #boycottdisney #prolife
— Pro-Life Mychal Simka (@MychalSimka) June 2, 2019
So @Disney, whose major business model is centered around children, is going to stop filming in Georgia because it supports murdering babies through abortion? A little hypocritical and cuts off the hand that feeds them. #boycottDisney
— Cuz 55 (@Cuz_55) May 30, 2019
So let me get this straight, Disney is backing down to actors demands that they will not film in Georgia? OK, actors how about we don’t give you any money to see your shitty movies? We are the customers and you are the puppets. Get that straight. #BoycottDisney
— Josephine (@notmyname02) May 30, 2019
#boycottnbcuniversal You don’t get to decide the policies for the AMERICAN CITIZENS!!!
— Christopher Caruso (@DmcLp900) May 30, 2019
Now imagine what might happen if every pro-life conservative were to follow these folks’ lead?
Like Norcross wrote, “The Disney brand is perhaps one of the most beloved among children, and if conservatives do indeed get turned away from the brand due to these alleged threats, that would not be good for the company; or Iger for that matter.”
Suppose though that the pro-life boycott isn’t enough to spur conservatives to action. What about everything else, from Hollywood’s embrace of transgender pseudoscience to its disdain for Middle America?
“[T]he movies they’ve released have been openly bashing anything and everything conservative, from removing an American flag from a Neil Armstrong biopic to using horror franchises like The Purge as anti-NRA messages,” Norcross noted. “But, you should expect nothing less from NBCUniversal. If you disagree with their far-left worldview, you are hateful.”
“Once again, the battle lines have been drawn. The far-left in America has the media, the House of Representatives, and most of Hollywood behind them. And when Hollywood film companies also run theme parks, it could very bad for business. We’ll see what happens.”
Of course, nothing will actually happen unless conservatives fight back by giving the controlling left a taste of its own boycott medicine.
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