Tiffany Haddish has postponed her June 22 Atlanta performance in protest of Georgia’s “heartbeat bill.”
The actress and comedian sent a letter to ticketholders saying her comedy show at the Fox Theatre would not be happening.
“After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta,” Haddish wrote in the June 15 letter obtained by CNN. “I love the state of Georgia, but I need to stand with women and until they withdraw Measure HB481, I cannot in good faith perform there.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law last month, making abortion illegal once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The law is scheduled to take effect next year.
Georgia has become a top filming location because of its generous tax incentives and lower costs than California and New York.
But a growing number of Hollywood insiders are criticizing the state, including Spike Lee, who called on the film and TV industries to stop filming there and bringing jobs to the state because of the abortion law.
“You’ve got to be on the right side of history, and the state of Georgia and those other states, they’re wrong,” Lee said at the AFI tribute to Denzel Washington in Los Angeles on June 6.
“Shut it down,” the filmmaker added.
D.L. Hughley is another critic of the newly approved abortion bans in Georgia, Missouri, Alabama and other Republican-dominated states. In an interview with Urban Hollywood 411, the comedian compared the laws to slavery.
“Every conversation where they are discussing this abortion issue, and they equate rape and incest as morally worse than abortion, every one of those states was okay raping slaves,” he said. “I defy you to show me a place, where they have ever respected women’s rights that were having these arguments. Georgia, did they respect them? Never. You could rape slaves. Missouri, did they respect them? No they didn’t. Alabama? No.”
Netflix, which shoots Stranger Things in Atlanta, has said the company is reconsidering its “entire investment” in Georgia because of the bill.
WarnerMedia, parent company of Warner Bros., HBO, TNT, TBS and CNN, also said it may stop making “new productions” in the state.