Georgia v Hollywood

The state of Georgia has recently enacted legislation to limit abortions, prohibiting them once a heartbeat has been detected inside the unborn. The liberal Hollywood establishment is apoplectic with rage, though secretly delighted that they are given a platform with which to show the world how virtuous and pro-feminist they are. Amy Schumer, Christina Applegate, Ben Stiller, Laverne Cox and Alec Baldwin have written to the state’s governor saying they would "do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women". I guess the governor has done everything in his power to make his state a safer place for children. By boycotting Georgia, the movie industry may consider locating back to Hollywood, a place well known for the moral rectitude and common decency of its citizens.

Kieron Connolly writes, in Dark History of Hollywood: A Century of Greed, Corruption and Scandal behind the Movies:

From its earliest days, Hollywood, the home of fantasy, created a hothouse of excess – too much money, too much adulation, too much expectation and too much ego. Some actors would trade sex in the, often vain, hope of career advancement, mobsters muscled in on the unions and extorted the studios, while the accountants appear to be among Hollywood’s most creative people, managing to ensure that even the Star Wars films haven’t yet shown a profit. But while stars have always been indulged, once their moment in the limelight has passed, their fall can be cruel.

From the setting up of the studios by the movie moguls to the corporations that run them today, from drug addictions to McCarthy-era witch-hunts to the Mob, Dark History of Hollywood is the story of sex and excess, murder and suicide, ambition and betrayal, and how money can make almost everyone compromise. 

As Marilyn Monroe remarked, "Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul."

If the good people of Georgia have to choose between thousands of unborn children and hundreds of over-paid, over-preened actors, I hope they hold their course. 

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