Netflix is setting the example other companies should strive for

Netflix is setting the example other companies should strive for

That Netflix is unique among other similar companies may sound strange to you. There are more online streaming services, you might say. Yeah, that's right, the entertainment giant isn't alone in these parts. What makes Netflix unique is its firm stance against the anti-abortion law that has just been passed in some U.S. And it is that they are the only company, seriously, the only entertainment company to take a stand. Hopefully, Netflix will be the first of many...

Netflix's example should be followed by companies throughout the United States (and beyond). It has made it clear that women's rights are not negotiable. And I say that others should follow in its footsteps because it is clear that applying pressure works. What will happen to Georgia's economy if Netflix withdraws all its productions in the state?

The company has been blunt: if the controversial anti-abortion law is passed, the brand will "rethink its investment" in the area. An investment amount that is not anything to be sniffed at, mind you. According to official figures, the film and television industry last year reported 92,000 jobs, about 455 audiovisual productions and had an economic impact of $9 billion in production. What if others followed suit? And yes, I'm talking about Disney, HBO, Viacom, Amazon Studios and a long list of others...

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Netflix is the only entertainment company that has stood up to the draconian anti-abortion law. / © Netflix

And it would be very easy to do what is right, as it also happens with the Google Play Store and the controversial and terrible app in Saudi Arabia which has a sole purpose to control women. Come on, to take refuge in the law of the corresponding states is to do nothing and to be a coward. Human rights should be above all these things, and the big companies should show all their support in backing them, which then adds to the chorus of individuals saying they are pro-women, pro-gay, pro-everything. But, if the money keeps flowing, there won't be an incentive to do the right thing.

Or, would Google have removed the anti-LGBT app, had it not been for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) twisting its arm by suspending its rating in its prestigious ranking? One day was enough for the Big G to reconsider and eliminate the app. But the human rights associations were fighting for months. And still nothing...

So, yes, Netflix

Georgia is the scene of a multitude of Hollywood productions and major studios thanks to state tax incentives. Atlanta, the state capital, has become a major film center. "Stranger Things" and "The Walking Dead", to give an example that is not from Netflix, are recorded there, by the way. Some actors and directors - such as Reed Morano, responsible for the acclaimed "The Handmaid's Tale" - have already raised their voices against and called for a boycott if the law goes into effect. Alyssa Milano, one of the protagonists of "Insatiable", also of Netflix, is, in fact, one of the people behind the action. However, Netflix is the only Hollywood studio that has clearly stated its position and has put on paper the actions it will take in a letter signed by its CCO, Ted Sarandos.

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, in an exclusive statement to Variety.

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The Handmaid's Tale, from Hulu, speaks of a society in which women have no rights. It has become a symbol around the world against archaic laws such as this.  / © Hulu

Marketing strategy? Some voices already comment on that. Honestly, there may be some truth to it, although I refuse to believe it after Sarandos' words. Still, in this case, the result is the important thing. The fact that the big companies make their position clear in the face of injustice makes the issues leap to the forefront, and also, public opinion reacts calling other companies into question for not supporting them. Hopefully, others will follow. And, above all, let us hope that the law that makes women in the affected states go back 50 years in history will not be implemented. In Georgia it will be 1973, but it will be without Netflix.

Disney follows Netflix's example and joins the boycott

At the time of writing, Netflix was alone in the face of the situation. Now, Disney has followed in their footsteps. Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Walt Disney Co., has confirmed that he will withdraw all productions from states that apply the new and controversial regulations. It would be "difficult" to continue producing in Georgia if the so-called "heartbeat law" comes into force, according to Iger. And to give you an idea, factory titles like "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Endgame" were shot in Georgia. The impact could be brutal.

You see? In the end, you just have to be the first for others to follow you. Being on the other side, the side against women's right to decide, can mark you forever. I trust that more and more big companies (as well as actresses and actors, of which more than 100 have already joined the boycott) will make it clear that it is not possible to live in 2019 and expect women to see their freedom restricted in such an abusive way.

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  • JonnyTheSniper Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

    Tech news: Trump farted!
    - Why is it tech news?
    - Trump uses Twitter.

    Also, Netflix is defending rights of women in Georgia by TAKING AWAY JOBS from WOMEN in Georgia???? Lol. Also, this is pure bullying. You don't see? People of Georgia democratically voted for this so it is their will.

  • CJ Brown Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

    While I understand the complaints that androidpit has moved on from writing articles about only Android devices and Android OS and Android apps on Google Play? I will accept this article as an example of when will larger corporations (such as Google and Apple) use their influence to better humankind.

    Yes, Netflix and the Walt Disney Company, were the first to announce they will cease production in the state of Georgia (they have a right to move their production back to Canada, yes that will suck seeing thousands of Americans losing their jobs in film and television - but the state of Georgia should have expected this before allowing such a discriminating Bill to become a Law!)

    If I actually had a complaint? I 2nd and 3rd regarding the spam showing up in the comments - please remove it androidpit, you have the editorial staff on hand!

    • Silvia Santos Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

      Spam deleted! Thank you!

    • JonnyTheSniper Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

      "To better the world." Google, Apple, Netflix don't care about bettering the world. How Naive people are? They are greedy corporations that only care about money. This is just a mean to attract some attention because Netflix is mostly alive coz they still have Friends and a few other titles on it (a bit overexadurating, but the point is there).

  • yotzmach Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

    This is virtue signalling of the highest order, and it will backfire on them.
    What is the meaning of this item? Is this about Android? Is there no editor in this website?

    • Silvia Santos Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

      Hi yotzmach! As you may know by now, we talk about other topics in here, not only Android. Also mobility, virtual reality, smart home... and apps. And Netflix is an app you can also enjoy on your smartphone. As we also write about the new TV series, movies or documentaries premiered on Netflix every month.
      This is also an opinion article, and I am the editor. :)
      Thanks for reading us!

      • yotzmach Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

        Great logic. Netflix is an phone app so let's write a SJW inclined political article that has nothing to do with technology (notice that I moved to a broader subject.) While at it, why not write about veganism, after all there are recipe apps. Or perhaps let's write about climate change and pin it on some weather widget.

        BTW, If you're in charge, couldn't you do something about the spam messages in every article.

  • JonnyTheSniper Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

    I thought this website was about Android. Why the hell am I seeing politics here??? Legit question. Is this website about Android or politics?

    • Silvia Santos Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

      Hi! What you are reading is an opinion article about the position Netflix (an app, btw) has adopted if Abortion bill goes ahead. And no, answering your question we are not a website only about Android as you can see byt the variety of content we do have (IA, VR, AR, smart home, apps, mobility...)
      Thank you for reading us!

  • JonnyTheSniper Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

    . Q

  • JonnyTheSniper Jun 3, 2019 Link to comment

    I wish there was no these spam comments...

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