Netflix is among the television and film companies considering a boycott of Georgia over its new pro-life law. But apparently Netflix isn't so discriminating when it comes to other locales.
Chances are that most American subscribers to Netflix aren't familiar with the original series called Jinn, set to premiere next week. It's intended for a Middle Eastern audience, its dialogue is in Arabic – and it was filmed in Jordan.
That latter fact is inconvenient for Netflix because, having threatened to boycott the state of Georgia over its pro-life abortion ban, it would be bad PR for Netflix subscribers to know the streaming service continues to invest in the economy of a country where not only is abortion illegal, but where both the abortionist and the mother can be put in prison for it.
"The big question for Netflix is Why the double standard?" notes Justin Danhof with the National Center for Public Policy Research. "Why is it that they can say they're not going to film in Georgia – but they have no problem producing in other countries where the [abortion] laws may be even worse and on other topics that they're also interested in?"
In a press release touting a different series also filmed in the Middle East, Netflix's VP of International Originals said he was "very happy and excited to be a part of Netflix's first original production to be produced in Middle East. It is a great honour and privilege and I can't wait to embark on this new adventure."
Reacting to that statement, Danhof argues it's more about virtue-signaling for Netflix than about its actual commitment to the pro-abortion cause. "They want to make a splash. They want to make it seem like they care," he tells OneNewsNow. "But when it comes right down to it, they'll go to other places where you're not looking."
Hollywood companies like Netflix have what Danhof describes as a dirty little secret.
"The Marvel movies are all being filmed in Georgia at the Pinewood Studios. Lots of other things are being filmed at the Pinewood Studios in Georgia," he points out. "But Pinewood is owned by Chick-fil-A. The Chick-fil-A family bankrolled those studios." (See editor's note below)
So according to Danhof, for years Hollywood has been pouring money into a studio built on investments by pro-family advocates.
Editor's note: Pinewood, the owner of Europe's largest film studio, said in April 2013 it would develop 288 acres of land south of Atlanta, Georgia, for a studio facility in a joint venture with River's Rock LLC, an independently managed trust of the Cathy family. The Cathy family owns the Atlanta-based fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A. (Source: Reuters.com)