And so it begins… although numerous Hollywood executives and producers have expressed their concern over Georgia’s tough abortion law, with many saying they are considering boycotting the state’s film industry, few have yet to actually act. But over the weekend, popular actress and comic Tiffany Haddish took action canceling her show in Atlanta set for June 22. “I cannot in good faith perform there,” she said in a statement.
The “heartbeat law,” signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp last month, bans abortion as soon as a doctor detects a heartbeat, which can take place as early as six weeks into pregnancy. “After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta,” Haddish said in a statement to CNN on Saturday. “I love the state of Georgia, but I need to stand with women …until they withdraw Measure HB481. Haddish was scheduled to perform at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The venue said it will offer refunds to anyone who bought tickets.
Several celebrities, including Jordan Peele, Ben Stiller and Alec Baldwin, have spoken out against the law. Major production companies, including Disney and Netflix, have threatened to reconsider filming in the state over the ban.