While many industry heads are clamoring together to boycott filming in Georgia amid controversy over the “heartbeat” abortion law, media mogul Tyler Perry is taking a seat on this movement.
While the “Madea” creator is against the law, the 50-year-old simply has too much invested in the state to halt production at his new studio, which opens in Atlanta in October.
“Atlanta has been the dream. It has been the promised land,” he told The AP.
“So when I got here, this whole state and city has been amazing to me and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Also, I put $250 million in the ground here and in the studio. So when you have a quarter of a billion dollars sat down in the ground, you can’t just up and leave.”
Tyler is committed to protecting his investments, and says that boycotting Georgia would not only hurt his business, but also hurt all the people who work for him. He hopes to mobilize his base to vote against the measure instead.
“What I know about this industry is that there are 94,000-plus or 98,000 people who are in this industry and who are benefiting from it greatly,” he said. “And that’s a lot of votes. I’m in a wait and see moment right now. But that’s a lot of votes. That’s a lot of votes that can determine an election.”
When asked about the law, which restricts a woman’s right to get an abortion when there is a heartbeat (which can happen as early as 5 weeks, just a little bit after a missed period, which wouldn’t give women any space to make a decision), Tyler said he doesn’t believe the government should interfere with the right to choose.
“I don’t believe any man should be able to tell a woman what she can do with her body or reproductive organs,” he said.