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Black Widow Meets The Abortion Access Front

“Every woman we meet in this story has been sterilized without consent.” – Moji Alawode-El

“When they can make choices they choose compassion” – Kat Green

Two professional feminists who are basically superheroes themselves join me to discuss Marvel‘s Black Widow movie. We talk espionage, fight choreo, reproductive justice and a good jumpsuit.

Kat Green is the Managing Director and Chief Mechanic at Abortion Access Front.  Before joining AAF, Kat worked as a producer, editor, and shooter for film and TV productions around the world. Somewhere along the way, she also designed databases, built a spaceship in her basement, and learned to drive a truck with air brakes. 

Moji Alawode-El is a recovered ad exec and current Marketing Manager at AAF. She loves yoga, reading sci-fi by femme people & people of color, roller skates and talking really loudly about her abortion and everyone else’s reproductive rights in public spaces. 

Learn more about Abortion Access Front https://www.aafront.org/

Both Netflix and Disney Threaten Georgia Boycott Over Anti-Choice Law

Two big studios have finally spoken out on the anti-abortion legislation signed into law in Georgia.

Netflix is the first major studio to speak out about the recently signed law. Other smaller ones have threatened boycotts or enacted them. Netflix has produced shows like Stranger Things and Ozark in the state. They said they would “rethink their investment in the state.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger also spoke out this week saying it’d be “very difficult” for the company to continue filming in Georgia as well following up with “I rather doubt we will.” He cited the fact that many people wouldn’t want to work in the state. Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame were both filmed in the state. Kristin Bell‘s upcoming Disney+ series Encore was to film in the state.

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.

I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.

– Bob Iger, Disney CEO

The law doesn’t go into effect until January and faces numerous court challenges. Disney said they will currently continue production there but also said they will support partners and artists who choose not to do business with the state.

In 2016 when Georgia signed a religious freedom bill that was criticized as anti-gay, Disney was vocal when it came to a proposed boycott of the state.

Dubbed the “heartbeat bill,” the law signed by Governor Brian Kemp bans abortion after six weeks, a short time period that many don’t even know they’re pregnant. It also would allow the prosecution of anyone who seeks an abortion out of state and anyone who helps them. It’s one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States.

The movie industry brought more than 92,000 jobs to the state in 2018 through 455 productions infusing around $2.7 billion into the local economy. The state offers tax incentives up to 30 percent back which has drawn production to there.

The state is already losing money over the law. The Kristen Wiig upcoming comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar has pulled out of the state and will no longer be filming there. J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele are donating their salaries from productions in Georgia to help fight the law.

The MPAA hasn’t taken a stand and is waiting to see how court battles play out.

Two Production Companies Take a Stand Against Georgia’s Abortion Law

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David Simon‘s Blown Deadline Productions and Killer Films CEO Christine Vachon have both pledged to no longer shoot in Georgia so long as their “heartbeat bill” aka abortion ban stands as legislation.

The legislation was signed in to law on Tuesday by Republican Gov. Bill Kemp and bans abortion after a heartbeat is detected which can be as early as six weeks. There are exceptions to save the life of the mother or for rape and incest but only if a woman files a police report. Most don’t. The law goes in to effect in January.

Some have threatened to pull production from the state if the bill was signed in to law and at least two in Hollywood are standing by their word.

The MPAA isn’t taking much of a stand as they have said they are watching the courts to see what the final outcome is. A similar law in North Dakota in 2016 was overturned by the Supreme Court but with a right-wing shift of the court, it’s unknown if that decision may change if it goes before the court again

Georgia has tax incentives of up to 30 percent back which brought in 455 productions to the state last year with $2.7 billion in direct spending. There’s about 92,000 jobs in Georgia for film and production.

The Walking Dead, Ozark, and Stranger Things all shoot there and Marvel has used Pinewood Studios in Atlanta for some of their film productions.

Doonesbury Abortion Censorship Watch

We reported on Friday that popular political comic strip Doonesbury was being pulled by numerous newspapers this week over it’s taking on the attack on women’s rights and issues like being forced to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound before an abortion.  We’re two strips in and I’m scratching my head as to what the problem with the strips are (then again, I am a damn dirty liberal/hippie).

Warning, these panels do ruin each strips punchlines.

Monday’s strip possible offenders…..

Have to like that Scarlet letter A.

Tuesday’s possible offenders….

Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau discussed the censorship and strips with the Washington Post on Sunday.  In why he hopped into the debate Trudeau responded:

To ignore it, would have been comedy malpractice.

Choice Quotes

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Here’s this week’s quotes showing that comics aren’t just for kids anymore.  Everything from war and abortion to free speech were touched upon.

DMZ #51

Liberty News 24/7 – A special session of Congress has convened to petition the United Nations, a body that the United States was forced to quit at the start of the war, for support in a renewed mission to not merely contain the Free States movement…. but, in the words of an unnamed source on the senior staff, “To defeat them in the fullest military sense of the term.”

Ex Machina #48

January – It skeeves me out whenever a dude tries to parlay any kind of success into a political career.  There’s only one reason guys like that get into Government.  It starts with “p” and ryhmes with “pussy.”


January – Then what’s his angle?  I mean, are there any issues he even cares about?  I’ve just seen that one commercial where he spouts a bunch of platitudes about building bridges.  Like, how pro-choice is he?

Journal – I don’t know actually.

January – You don’t know where he stands on abortion?

Journal – I’m not a single-issue voter January.

Green Hornet #2

Metro Staffer – Deanley just passed Scanlon in the latest poll.

Britt Reid – By how much?

Metro Staffer – Twelve points.  You sure you wanna continue to back the lame-duck Mayor in his re-election bid?


Britt Reid – That’s not what I’m talking about, Frank.  I’m talking about their sizable donations to your re-election campaign.

Frank Scanlon – They’re entitled to their opinion on who’d they’d like to see running this city just like everyone else, aren’t they?

Prelude to Deadpool Corps. #5

Deadpool – Dude, this is a recipe for a spaceship in the face.  No way.  Don’t you remember Tiananmen Square, that guy standing in front of the tanks?  This is our chance for the Intergalactic History Books.  A lone hero against the might of an imperial–

Unwritten #11

Lizzie – It was a novel written by a Jew from a Jewish perspective.  It became the most successful anti-semitic movie of all time.

Tuesday Twitter Fun – Whaling, Glenn Beck and Abortion

It’s a decent week of Twitter posts on a range of subjects.

Comic book writer Ben Templesmith has two this week.  One covers his thoughts on whaling and the other about Delegate Bob Marshall’s statement on abortion and disable children.  You can follow him at http://twitter.com/Templesmith.

Ben Templesmith on Whaling and Sushi

Ben Templesmith on Delegate Bob Marshall

One of the men behind Lost and some time comic book writer Damon Lindelof asked for some political action to get his latest podcast posted.  Follow him at http://twitter.com/DamonLindelof.

Damon Lindelof Encourages Political Action

Ron Marz, who’s no stranger about speaking his mind, decided to comment on Fox television personality Glenn Beck.  You can follow Ron at http://twitter.com/ronmarz.

Ron Marz and Glenn Beck

Friday Fun: Magical Mike (Dukakis)

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Today is the first entry in our “Friday Fun” series of historic political comic books.  Today’s entry comes from the 1988 Presidential race.  The comic book is called Magical Mike and was created by Dick Hafer, and was endorsed by Jerry Falwell and Republican Party.

The comic book tells “the ‘real story’ of Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic nominee for president.  Includes jabs at blacks, gays, women (including Dukakis’ wife) – also attacks the sick, the poor, foreigners, peacemakers, and others, connecting Dukakis as the common link.”

Jerry Falwell encouraged his entire congregation to distribute the comic books and the Republican party made sure to include a copy on every delegate’s seat during the 1988 Republican convention.

Here’s some of the highlights:

Michael Dukakis coverMichael Dukakis page 4Michael Dukakis page 8Michael Dukakis page 9

You can catch the comic in it’s entirety here.

Thanks for http://www.ep.tc/ and it’s amazing collection of these fantastic nuggets of history.

Choice Quotes

Dark Reign: The List – Wolverine

Marvel Boy – We Kree have a mathematical equation that proves the nonexistence of any deities.  We learn it when we’re children, about the same time we learn not to soil ourselves with excrement.

Fantomex – Cool. I always knew atheists would someday save the world.

Ex Machina #46

Candy – You have any idea how it’s going to look to middle America if you start spending the considerable taxes you’ve raised on free morning-after pills for underage girls?

Mayor Hundred – I told you, I’m not making any decisions for my constituents based on some hypothetical future run for the White House, that’s a pussy move.

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