Tyler Perry said he cannot "just up and leave" filming in Georgia despite Hollywood's backlash against the state's "heartbeat" abortion law https://t.co/LX0fSZAbYs— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 28, 2019
After Georgia lawmakers passed a restrictive abortion bill, HB481, or the "Heartbeat Bill", there have been calls for Hollywood to boycott filming in the state of Georgia.
This week Tyler Perry was promoting the opening of his new studio in Atlanta. Perry told the Associated Press, that he cannot just "up and leave" the state of Georgia:
"Atlanta has been the dream. It has been the promised land," he said. "So when I got here, this whole state and city has been amazing to me and I wouldn't trade that for anything. Also, I put $250 million in the ground here and in the studio. So when you have a quarter of a billion dollars sat down in the ground, you can't just up and leave."
Perry's publicist says that he is against the bill.
Perry also stated that he believes that the people of Georgia who work in the film industry, could have an impact on the 2022 governor's election.
"What I know about this industry is that there are 94,000-plus or 98,000 people who are in this industry and who are benefiting from it greatly," he said. "And that's a lot of votes. I'm in a wait and see moment right now. But that's a lot of votes. That's a lot of votes that can determine an election."