John Legend says Hollywood ought to contemplate boycotting Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama and different states that cross restrictive abortion legal guidelines. Legend admits he’s unsure if a boycott would achieve success, however says “it’s a dialog that must be had.
“Notably when these studios are hiring individuals and bringing individuals to the state and saying, ‘Come work with us here in this state,’ however if you happen to get pregnant there you’re going to be handled like a second-class citizen,” he mentioned. “That’s a tough conversation to have with your staff. And so I think hopefully the pressure that the studios are putting on will help Georgia and other states see the error of their ways.”
He added: “I don’t know that it will definitely work, but I know that money talks.”
Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio have enacted payments barring abortion as soon as there’s a detectable fetal heartbeat, as early because the sixth week of being pregnant. Missouri’s governor signed a invoice final month approving an eight-week ban on abortion, with exceptions just for medical emergencies. Alabama has gone even additional, outlawing just about all abortions, even in instances of rape or incest. Not one of the bans have taken impact, and all are anticipated to face authorized challenges.
Netflix and different main Hollywood studios have mentioned they’re reevaluating filming in Georgia if its abortion regulation goes into impact. Legend, who has two youngsters with spouse and mannequin Chrissy Teigen, mentioned the concept that any state would become involved in making a reproductive resolution for a lady “is simply unconscionable to me.
“There’s no approach we will have equality in another realm if ladies don’t have the flexibility to make these sorts of selections on their very own with out the state getting concerned,” Legend mentioned in an interview Monday (June 10) whereas selling a Pampers marketing campaign to put in extra baby-changing tables in males’s restrooms.
The Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Emmy winner added that folks from Hollywood to small cities must become involved.
“It’s a grassroots thing where people let their politicians know what they think about these laws and what they think about the idea of women having freedom to make decisions about their bodies and when they want to have kids,” he mentioned. “The bottom line is we need to respect women and let women make their own decisions.”