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Woke Capitalism Vs. The Unborn

Unconscionable rodent and Disney president Bob Iger announcing Shanghai resort in country that throws Muslims into concentration camps (Disney Parks screengrab)

My governor, Democrat John Bel Edwards, signed into law a bill today that bans abortion after the point at which a fetal heartbeat can be detected. I’m so proud of him. I voted for him last time, because he was a pro-life Democrat, and term-limited Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal had botched the job. Looks like I did the right thing then.

Of course now Woke Capitalism is going to punish us, and other states that have passed similar laws. From Variety:

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger says his film and TV studios are likely to vacate Georgia as a production hub if the state’s controversial heartbeat abortion bill becomes law.

Speaking with Reuters at Disney’s theme park in Anaheim, Calif., Iger said it would be “very difficult” for the content giant to remain in the face of the legislation. The bill seeks to ban abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat,

“I rather doubt we will,” he continued. “I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now we are watching it very carefully.”

Disney divisions like Marvel have deep ties in the state, where films like “Black Panther” have rolled and four different Marvel TV series, starring the likes of Elizabeth Olsen and Anthony Mackie, are expected to shoot.

Disney becomes only the second Hollywood company with interest in the state to speak out, joining Netflix.

There’s your family-friendly Walt Disney, people.

These laws that have to do with challenging the Sexual Revolution in any way whatsoever — on transgender bathrooms, on abortion — show how much Hollywood and corporate elites despise the people in flyover country. It could not possibly be clearer.

As the Daily Caller points out, Netflix still does business in Egypt, where they imprison women for having abortions. In China, where Disney runs a massive Shanghai resort, the government sends Uighur Muslims to concentration camps — but that doesn’t stop the Mou$e.

It’s the disgusting pro-lifers in their own country that Disney and Netflix can’t stand. They won’t be the only big business interests coming after us. Woke Capitalism is our enemy.



UPDATE.2: Apparently I have to say this: yes, I know that the Babylon Bee is a satire site. Good grief.

UPDATE.3: Reader Zapollo:

I wonder if any leftists out there appreciate the irony of this. For years — heck, decades — I’ve been hearing leftists issue dark warnings about corporate totalitarianism. I’m a fan of literary sci-fi, and near-future corporate-controlled dystopias are a staple of contemporary sci-fi.

Now here comes a corporation declaring its intention to use the full might of its resources to punish free, independent and sovereign American citizens for voting in an unapproved way. It’s basically exactly what leftists have been warning us about for years. But since they’re pushing an approved leftist goal, I somehow doubt we’ll get any left-wing pushback. Woke Capital, indeed.

Of particular note is that this has no rational relationship to Disney’s business model. It’s one thing for a corporation to say, “your state’s taxes are too high; we’re moving.” Taxes are a tangible business expense. Abortions are not — unless Hollywood is far more depraved than we thought.

This is transparently an attempt to cast the pro-life position as being far beyond the pale — no different from segregation or slavery. Yet pro-lifers are far from a tiny minority of hate-filled bigots. They are a substantial part of the nation’s population, and they hail from many different backgrounds and hold a wide variety of political views. If Disney and other studios carry through with these threats, that will cross a major Rubicon in America’s cultural war, and I’m not sure these Hollywood gasbags fully grasp that. This is an excellent opportunity for a group of respected political and religious leaders — not all of them right-wingers — to draft a joint statement to Hollywood strongly defending the pro-life position, explaining how this is not motivated by simple bigotry or sexism, and saying essentially, “hey, knock it off. You are driving this nation toward civil war.”

If there has ever been a time for them to speak up, it’s now. Once this process gets started, it could become very hard to stop. We need to draw a firm line here before it all spirals out of control.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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