Netflix has decided to pull a production from North Carolina due to a controversial transgender bathroom bill.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the original bathroom bill required transgender people to use the bathroom that matched with the gender on their birth certificate. However, most of the law was repealed after many called the state out for discrimination.
Now, Netflix is choosing to film the production in South Carolina instead of North Carolina in order to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community. The director of North Carolina’s film office, Guy Gaster, had no comment to make in defense of the state.
“This is an economic development project and therefore we don’t discuss pending projects,” Gaster told the Hollywood Reporter.
The show’s creator, Jonas Pate, blamed the remnants of the bill for hurting North Carolina’s economy. The remainder of the law prevents municipalities from granting nondiscrimination protections to any group outside of state law, which does not include all members of the LGBT community.
“This tiny law is costing this town 70 good, clean, pension-paying jobs and also sending a message to those people who can bring these jobs and more that North Carolina still doesn’t get it,” said Pate to the Hollywood Reporter.
While the company is allowed to do what it wants, Netflix may have a double standard when it comes to matters of social justice, due to their decision to pull an episode of the show “Patriot Act” because it was extremely negative toward the Saudi government.