A conservative activist says the network that produces a highly popular series set during a fictional "zombie apocalypse" is clearly what he calls a "pro-death company" – and it's not because of the popularity of the zombie series.
AMC is the network behind "The Walking Dead" television series, which enters its tenth season this fall. "The Walking Dead" is filmed in Georgia, which just passed a law banning most abortions after a baby's heartbeat is detected. As a result, AMC has joined other studios in threatening to leave Georgia if the heartbeat law takes effect as scheduled on January 1, 2020.
Justin Danhof of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project traveled Wednesday to the AMC shareholder meeting in New York.
"Since the setting of today's meeting was in New York, I thought I would ask where the company stood on the most extreme pro-death law that New York tate passed allowing essentially the death of a baby up until the date of delivery," Danhof tells OneNewsNow.
"That is the law in the state now," he continues, "and in Virginia, of course, they considered legislation allowing a baby to be killed even after the baby was born. [So] if they think what Georgia is doing is extreme on one end of the spectrum, I wanted to know if they thought it was extreme on another end of the spectrum – and if they would likewise make economic threats against those states."
Danhof reports that AMC CEO Josh Sapan said the company would continue to monitor Georgia – but adds: "He would not address New York, he would not address Virginia.
"… When it comes to pro-life issues, they want no part of them," Danhof states. "AMC is, in my opinion, a pro-death company."
The NCPPR spokesman describes a telling moment during the meeting when AMC showed clips of a documentary involving penguins. The birds were stuck and dying, something that caused filmmakers to get emotional and step into action to try to save the penguins.
"I asked the CEO why AMC Networks values the life of an innocent baby penguin over an innocent baby human?" Danhof continues. "He just said, Look, you stated that very eloquently and we understand there is passion on both sides of the issue – but then left it at that."
OneNewsNow is seeking comment from AMC.