Friday, April 1, 2016

Will Hollywood Keeps It's Nose Out of Mississippi's Business?

In light of the passing of the Religious Freedom Bill (Yet to be signed by Gov Bryant), there's reasons why they may not since they don't have much of a hold on Mississippi anyway. Does that mean they won't become elitist busy-bodies? Probably not. When it comes to elitist arrogance they are generally swift to get involved in things that aren't any of their business. I suspect there will be Hollywood people saying the state should be boycotted even if they had no plans to do anything here anyway. Hollywood extortion should be ignored anyway. When states give in to their bloviating nonsense about a state they probably never went to in their life, giving into them only increases their arrogance.

A couple observations from a couple sources:

  • The Wrap: No major studio has come forward to specifically denounce the Mississippi bill or to call for a veto from Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican. Reps for Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and Universal, members of the Motion Picture Association of America, cited a standing commitment through that office to target discrimination nationwide. “The MPAA and its member companies oppose any law that legitimizes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,” said Vans Stevenson, MPAA Senior Vice President of State Government Affairs. Paramount, Fox, Universal and The Weinstein Company did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment, nor did the Mississippi Film Office. -

  •  New York Magazine: Unlike Georgia (or the more proximate Louisiana), Mississippi has not gone completely hog-wild for film and TV subsidies. Yes, it has a subsidy program, but one with outlays (per project and overall) that are limited by law. So its lawmakers are less subject to pressure from Hollywood moguls who threaten not to rip off its taxpayers anymore if the state champions discrimination.   Of perhaps even greater importance given the sports-mad nature of the Deep South, Mississippi is not going to be hosting any Super Bowls or any college-football national championships (or NCAA basketball Final Fours) in the near future. It also differs from Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina in having no college-football bowl games being played within its boundaries.