Rachel Paige
March 23, 2016 1:26 pm
Marvel

The Walt Disney Company has made a huge name for itself when it comes to equality for all. From the very beginning, and especially over these last few years, they’ve done countless, amazing things to remind the world that they are a welcoming company — and a welcoming company no matter how one identifies, man, woman, straight, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, all of the above.

So in a very surprising move, but also not surprising at all, Disney has decided that if the current religious liberty bill in Georgia — The Free Exercise Protection Act, a bill that “would offer protections to faith-based entities that refuse to provide services that they say violate their beliefs,” like, if a pastor didn’t want to marry a same-sex couple — passes, they’re going to stop filming in the state.

In short, you go, Disney.

Disney filmed Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War at Pinewood Studios outside Atlanta, and is currently filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 right now. But if the Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, signs this bill into effect (it was passed by Georgia legislators last week) Disney is going to pack their bags and find a new location to shoot their mega-blockbusters.

A statement released by the company explained: “Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law.”

Georgia has great tax incentives for production companies that shoot in state, and Disney’s decision to walk away would mean that they end up playing more money elsewhere. With that being said, the decision to literally boycott the state is truly a huge move for the biggest company on the planet to make, and most certainly sets a big precedent for others to follow. The Hunger Games movies were shot there, The Walking Dead currently films there, and there are over two dozen other films and TV shows. With Disney’s decision to bail, it sends a message to others that they just might follow, too.

Gov. Deal has still yet to sign the bill, so this might not even be something to fret about. Or, you should start checking around your neighborhood to see if there’s enough space for Disney and Marvel to film the gigantic Avengers: Infinity War.

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