Disney is threatening Nathan Deal with a boycott if Deal signs the religious liberty bill into law. On its face, that affects Georgia’s movie bidness, although for the bill’s supporters, that might be more of a feature than a bug. (Ed Kilgore notes there’s always been a little tension between culture and Mammon when it comes to handing out those movie-making tax credits: “It’s becoming a regular amusement to watch right-wing politicians who blame Hollywood and its godless liberals and Jews for poisoning American culture turn around and offer to help pay for all the filth so long as it is produced locally.”)
That’s not what I’m really interested in, though. Disney owns ESPN. Is it possible the hostility could trickle down to there in some form or fashion? As we’ve seen in Louisiana, mentioning that college football could be affected by state policy is at least perceived as being an effective threat. I don’t know if that translates over to Georgia and this bill, but does anyone really want to chance that?
As Ed concludes, “Hollywood is influential in Georgia. But football is holy.”