This Meme About Bald Women And Styling Products Is Femmephobic AF

There’s a meme populating the internet and Instagram feeds right now, hailing the future being female and not having “time for styling products.” The creator chose four bald womenthree fictional characters from Black Panther, Mad Max, and Stranger Things and placed them alongside bisexual teen activist Emma González, whose name and face has entered the zeitgeist in the last week after her high school was subject to a violent shooting.

While in theory the meme is celebrating baldness as a sign of strength and action, it is actively participating in the misconception that women who have hair and might even (gasp!) style that hair are somehow less strong and active. It’s a misplaced message with good intentions, but the anti-feminist rhetoric andfemmephobia it exudes is worth examining at a time when women’s bodies (including their hair) are still highly controlled and commented on.

A few weeks before the Parkland, Fla. shooting González and her peers were subject to, she was featured on a local Instagram account where she talked about her decision to go bald.

“I decided to cut my hair because it was a pain in the neck, if you’ll forgive the pun,” she said. “It was really hot all the time; it was very cumbersome and very heavy, leading to a lot of headaches. It was expensive to keep it up, and as prom time came around, I figured it would be cheaper to not have to worry about doing my hair,” she said. “The more my parents said no, the more I wanted it. Actually, I even made a powerpoint in order to convince them that I should do it. I figured I would look really good with it, and I do. So, it all worked out fine.”

She clarified that she was not taking a “feminist stand,” though she is a feminist. (“It’s Florida. Hair is just an extra sweater I’m forced to wear.”)

Her choice to shave her head may be read as feminist (a woman making a still atypical choice for her own body), but she didn’t shave her head because she’s a feminist.

When Charlize Theron chose to shave her head before Mad Max, it was, too, because she wanted to change her hair.

“My hair was really fried,” she said. “And I had a night where I thought, ‘You know what? What if we just shave it?’”

She noted in that same interview that it was “freeing” to spend less time on her hair, but also a curious statement about what it means to be feminine.

“There’s always something nice,” she said, “when you kind of take that importance of your femininity and make it about something more than just your hair.”

Bald women are not incapable of being feminine; femininity is not a sign of weakness. There was an altogether different connotation of baldness for Danai Gurira, the actress featured in the top left panel of the meme. One of Gurira’s most beloved moments in Black Panther is when she flings off a wig during a mission, revealing bald black head.

“I love that moment,” Gurira told ESSENCE at a recent press junket in Beverly Hills, Calif. “She’s like, ‘What is this? I don’t wear wigs. I wear my bald glory.'”

Gurira’s baldness, though, has more to do with the rejection of American beauty standards for women of color.

“It’s such an Eastern standard of beauty versus a Western standard and such an African thing to say,” Gurira says. “It’s a subverted standard of beauty. I’m sure people have to pick up on that. That’s the first thing I thought. It so subverts the idea of feminine beauty.”

However, she continued, she doesn’t see the baldness and the fierceness of her character as a “compromise for femininity.”

“They’re both allowed to coexist and we don’t see that enough,” she said, “and we don’t know that enough societally as little girls growing up. You can be both. You can combine those two things and how fun is that?”

How women wear and style their hair certainly has a lot to do with how they are received in the world and, often, the world sees a bald woman through a lens that reads more masculine or androgynous. Women bearing buzzcuts (think: Cara Delevingne, Kristen Stewart, Grace Jones, Sinead O’Connor, Demi Moore in G.I. Jane, Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta) are read as queer simply because they are eschewing traditional beauty standards that decide that hair (especially of a certain length) dictates femininity, and that femininity is the opposite of the kind of toughness a woman with bald hair is purported to be instilled with.

Gonzalez is not fierce because she is baldshe is fierce because of her words; her thoughts; her actions. Were she to have braids or a ponytail or a Rapunzel-esque mane down to her shoes (boots? heels? espadrilles? who cares!), she would be no less a symbol of hope in the movement she’s drawing attention to.

Women who have lost their hair to cancer or Alopecia or other illnesses do not trade in femininity for strength because, as Gurira says, those two things can and do co-exist. Commenting on a woman’s choice as to how she wears her hair (or lack thereof) says more about those commenting than the women being commented upon. Is the lack of hair less feminine because it’s less attractive to men? Is it because long hair is feminine, therefore making men with long hair less masculine? (Interestingly, women shaving their heads has also been a sign of mental instability, such as Britney Spears’ infamous salon moment or the suicidal Deb in Empire Records.)

Baldness as a choice for any woman is empowering because it’s a choice she’s making for her own body. It is not, however, more empowering than the decision for a woman to use styling products if she damn well wants to.

A Lesbian Mother Will Have the Right to Visit Her Son Following Supreme Court Ruling

A lesbian mother in Arizona has won the right to be considered her child’s legal parent following a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a lower court ruling to stand.

The nation’s highest bench declined to hear an appeal to a September verdict from the Arizona Supreme Court involving McLaughlin v. McLaughlin, a same-sex custody dispute over visitation rights to a child conceived through artificial insemination. The state court claimed the 2015 SCOTUS ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges entitled same-sex couples to the same marriage rights as opposite-sex partners.

“It would be inconsistent with Obergefell to conclude that same-sex couples can legally marry but states can then deny them the same benefits of marriage afforded opposite-sex couples,” the Arizona Supreme Court claimed last year.

To date, three courts have ruled in favor of Suzan McLaughlinwhose wife, Kimberly, gave birth to their son in 2011 using an anonymous sperm donor. Although the two were married at the time the child was born, Kimberly asserted (via her lawyers) that her ex was not entitled to any form of custody following their subsequent divorce. Suzan and the boy aren’t biologically related.

But Suzan’s attorneys held that she is entitled to visitation under what’s known as “presumption of legal parentage.” Under the Arizona statute, the husband of a pregnant woman is legally granted the rights of fatherhood.

Because Obergefell was not the law of the land at the time the suit was originally filed, her lawyers claimed the law also applied to same-sex couples.

After favorable rulings from a trial court and the Arizona Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court Justice Scott Bales wrote that the 2015 ruling resolved any disputes over the subject by entitling LGBTQ partners to marriage “on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples.”

Legal counsel for Suzan McLaughin championed the Supreme Courtwhich did not state why it declined to hear the case, as is customfor refusing a challenge to that historic ruling. Attorney Claudia Work claimed her client is “over the moon.”

“Now that the last impediment is gone… we now are confident that we can go back in and settle this short of trial,” Work said in an interview with the Arizona Capitol Times.

LGBTQ advocacy groups also applauded Monday’s decision from SCOTUS.

Catherine Sakimura, family law director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, praised the courts for recognizing that the U.S. Constitution “requires states to provide the exact same rights to same-sex spouses and different-sex spouses.” These rights were also upheld in Pavan v. Smith, a 2017 case involving two same-sex parents who both wished to be listed on their child’s birth certificate.

“States across the country should take careful note of [the McLaughlin v. McLaughlin] decision,” Sakimura said in a statement. “Discrimination against married same-sex couples will not be tolerated.”

Advocates believe the Arizona Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling could prove pivotal not just in the arena of custody disputes. If same-sex couples must be treated “on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples,” that determination could apply to hospital visitation, inheritance, or adoption and foster care rights.

Arizona law currently states that “preference should be given to a married man and a married woman” when determining placement for adoption, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

The McLaughlin v. McLaughlin case will head back to a lower family court to be adjudicated.

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Where Have All My Gal Pals Gone?

In this week’s Hola Papi!, the advice column by writer, Twitterer, and prolific Grindr user John Paul Brammer, a young reader has some queer high school drama and needs some #help.

While she has had a gaggle of queer lady friends to help her get through high school so far…there’s been a recent change. The gal pals that used to do everything with her now only stick together, and our dear reader finds herself clueless as to what is happening.

And she now feels that she’s being iced out because she’s just not queer enough. Thank goodness for Hola Papi.

If you want his advice, just email him at [email protected] with your question. Just be sure to include SPECIFICS, and don’t forget to start out your letter with Hola Papi!

Hola Papi!

A big midwestern hello from Indiana! I have some queer high school melodrama for you. I’m 16, and can’t help but feel like all of my queer gal pals are leaving me behind.

Over the summer, they all shacked up without telling me, leaving me confused and single (which isn’t their fault, but still). They made plans with me for winter formal, canceled on me at the last minute, and then proceeded to make plans without me and with the other queer gal-pals (I gave up and went to a debate competition instead). I also just found out that one of them had a birthday party without inviting me, and they don’t even know that I know about it.

This letter probably paints them in a really negative light, but I promise they’re not mean or doing this on purpose (I think). When they talk to me, it feels great. They’re always saying that they love my style and how I can make anything look like a trend. They don’t spread rumors nor do they gossip about anyone (gay or straight), and when I share classes with them, we always have a great time being gay and smartasses in the back of the room, and it’s always great to hang out with them.

But whenever someone more exciting (or gayer) comes along, they leave me, and I’m back to square one. I just feel like they never make an effort, and I’m always the one who’s trying to impress them, or god, I don’t know, just trying to be their friend.

Papi, is there something wrong with me? Am I not gay enough for them? I know that this may seem trivial, but it feels like the end of the world for me.

Please help me,
Isolated Lesbian

Ah, at lastqueer high school melodrama. I can literally feel my electrolytes replenishing, Isolated. Let’s sit together in the cafeteria and talk about the cool kids, shall we? Great. Let’s get into it.

It sounds like you’ve got a case of squad envy. The Cool Queers are cordial with you and like you well enough, but they haven’t invited you into the inner sanctum of birthday parties and winter formals.

Though I have to tell you, I think you made the right decision in going to the debate competition. Who wants to dance with teenagers when you could be fighting them for points? The choice seems obvious.

Anyway, I wish I could tell you this was exclusive to high school. But in my experience, while high school itself eventually comes to a merciful end, most people continue being high schoolers well into adulthood, and Cool Queer Syndrome persists.

You’ve still got your Insta-famous queers, your ridiculously hot queers, queers who are smarter than you and queers who dress better than you and queers who are funnier than you.

It can all feel terribly intimidating. Especially when you feel like you’re a mediocre person adrift in a sea of excellence, just treading water and hoping against hope someone throws you a lifesaver. It can also be very tempting to seek approval from these people, because maybe their approval would mean you are worth approving of.

But friends aren’t supposed to work like that, Isolated. We shouldn’t be worried about being impressive enough, or good enough, or gay enough to be in a crew. Friends are supposed to be a refuge from those feelings.

Personally, in my best, healthiest friendships, we actively remind each other how uncool we are. Vehemently and creatively, I would add. If you can’t let your guard down among your friends, then are they really your friends?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying these folks think they’re too cool for school and are excluding you because they think you’re some kind of irredeemable loser with bad clothes and heterosexual taste in music. You said they were nice, and while I don’t love that they’ve canceled on you a few times (at least a red flag), I’m willing to take your word on it.

Have you tried being upfront and just asking to be better friends? There’s no harm or shame in that, and if they are as great as you say they are, they won’t be cruel about it. I’ve done this to positive effect! Just said, “Hey, I’d like to hang out more.” I have good friends who started out that way.

But if they cancel plans again or aren’t receptive of being closer, then they’re not the right people for you to be close with, no matter how shiny and gay they are in your mind.

Sure, it would suck. But you can’t let other people be the stewards of your self-worth. You’ll leave high school at some point. You’ll go your separate ways with this pack. But what won’t change is that you’ll still be you, and you’ll still be charged with caring for and loving you.

I hope things work out for you and this group, mostly because I am pro Queer Girl Squad under any circumstance. But I hope even more that you are able to affirm yourself as gay enough and good enough with or without their validation.

That’s what will get you far in this life, Isolated. And that’s what will get you to the right friends.



Queen Reese Witherspoon Can Clean Her Own Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Thank You

Stars, they’re just like us. In that, their weekends also consist of cleaning. Except while we’re fishing hair out of the drain, Oscar winner and Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon is giving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame some elbow grease.

Witherspoon was awarded a star on Hollywood Blvd in 2010, and, according to her Instagram story, she stopped by this weekend to give a little polish.

“I’m running a little bit late for work today, but it’s really important,” Witherspoon said in the first story, according to Us Weekly. “I heard my friend is really close by, so I wanna go meet her really quick and I want you guys to meet her, too.”

“Now you’re looking good, girl! That’s right and don’t you let people walk all over you,” the Walk the Line actress said as she cleaned. “I know you’re on the street, but don’t you do that. You’re a queen.”

And honestly, isn’t that advice for us all?

She followed up with an image post on Instagram.

Witherspoon will be in the upcoming Wrinkle in Time adaptation helmed by Ava Duvernay and will return in Big Little Lies second season withMeryl Frickin Streep.

Netflix Has Blessed Us With A Bonus Episode Of ‘Queer Eye’

Craving new fodder to fuel your uncomfortably detailed yet proportionally suspect Queer Eye fan art? Well, you’re in luck. Netflix has released a bonus mini-episode of the series straight to their official YouTube channel. You heard that right! YouTube! You don’t even need a Netflix account! Or the password to your ex from three years ago’s dad’s account!

The episode finds the Fab 5 2.0 storming Netflix headquarters to give some dude named John Campbell who works in the IT departmentI think. The Queer Eye dudes keep calling them “nerds” and joking about how they don’t get what these nerds actually do.

Anyway, Johnwho is both my father and my dadgets a cut and style from Jonathan, some new clothes from Tan, and a pep talk from Karamo. To quote Into’s own Mathew Rodriguez, “Find out what to do with Karamo.”

Antoni tells John to stop eating burgers and start eating carrots, which aejrsgiors’pp’’’;;;;. You hear that, Gay Twitter?? Your mcm stans carrots over burgers. Bobby, meanwhile, remakes the aforementioned nerds’ office space so that it’s a little more inviting.

It’s not a full episode, but it’s better than nothing!

Adam Rippon And Gus Kenworthy Reflect On Their ‘Beautiful’ New Friendship

Not to be that straight girl fawning over gay guys and how cute they are, but look at this cute thing Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy did!!!!

In a new interview with The Guardian, the pair of athletes opened up to journalist Tik Root about competing at the in Pyeongchang over the past few weeks, being the first openly gay men to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics, and supporting one another as teammates and friends. My favorite thing about it, though, is how openly affectionate Adam and Gus are towards one another. Friends are the best! I love friends.

When asked what his favorite moment at the Olympics was, Adam, who earned bronze in the team figure skating event, responded that he loved getting to do what he does best while being gay as hell. “I was able to be completely myself the entire time,” he said. “It was just very special and very, very cool.”

Gus, who competed in slopestyle at Pyeongchang, said that his favorite part of the Olympics was cheering for Adam from the stands. “It felt good to be there supporting him and he skated so beautiful,” said Gus. “I’m always a proud dad.”

“Every day you’re a proud dad,” said Adam, “when I’m your son.”

They’re trying to kill me, I swear!

Even though the Winter Olympics have come to a close, the athletes have no plans to part ways. “I think Gus and I are going to remain friends,” Adam told The Guardian. “We’re going to see each other a bunch. It’ll be great and beautiful.”

Deeply too much! Deep! Ly! Too! Much!

Check out the full interview here if you think you can handle more of this.

Trump Voters Love the ‘Heathers’ Reboot: ‘SJWs Are Going to Lose Their S**t’

Critics have lambasted the Heathers reboot for its inverted take on the 1988 cult classic, which imagines a world where the popular bullies are queer and the jocks are victimized losers. But there’s one group that’s absolutely licking it up: the alt-right.

The pilot for the Paramount anthology series dropped on Friday to immediate salivation from nü conservative Twitter. In the peak TV reimagining, the Heathers aren’t skinny airheads. Heather Chandler (Melanie Field) is a plus-size sociopath who thinks losing weight would ruin her image. Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell) is genderqueer. Heather McNamara (Jasmine Matthews) is a black lesbian.

After watching the first episode (which is currently available on the upstart network’s website), @Audacious_Leaf predicted liberals would “collectively lose their shit.”

“The SJWS are the bad guys in this show,” he noted.

The user, who recently referred to student survivors of the Parkland shooting as “fame and money-hungry brats,” particularly delighted in a scene where Reboot Veronica Sawyer (Grace Cox)a defanged Betty Cooper-esque good girlspills over a sculpture filled with drain cleaner all over Heather Chandler at a college art show.

After Heather Chandler has a meltdown, accusing her best frenemy of spilling “art all over [her] brand new pussy skirt,” Veronica repurposes a famous line from the revered original, now with a fat-shaming twist: “Well, then lick it up, fatty. Lick it up.”

Anticipating the criticism from a left-leaning target audience likely confused about what fresh hell hath been wrought, Heather squeals: “Did you just fat shame me… in public?”

The alt-right liked that.

“This is such an accurate portrayal of how they are lmfao,” claimed @Audacious_Leaf, who is a moderator at the alt-right website WrongThink and credits himself as an “alleged cyber rapist” in his Twitter bio.

The little-known social media user may command a modest amount of followers, but the tweetstorm in praise of Heathers’ alleged anti-queer undercurrent was quickly picked up by Cassandra Fairbanks and Ian Miles Cheong, two journalists influential among the Young Trumps. Fairbanks writes for The Gateway Pundit, a conspiracy theory website run by homocon Jim Toth, while Cheong is a contributor at Milo Yiannopoulos’

“I just watched the pilot and I kind of love it,” claimed Fairbanks, a fervent Trump supporter who commands 130,000 followers on her Twitter page.

Cheong agreed.

“I absolutely love the new Heathers,” he wrote in a series of Feb. 21 tweets. “The new Heathers completely wrecks SJWs and makes fun of their sensibilities and virtue signaling. It’s great. Watch it when you can.”

Around the same time these tweets went live, writer Samantha Allen called attention to the show’s allegedly Trumpian leanings in an article for The Daily Beast. Allen argued the show’s premise is not only inaccurate but dangerous given America’s current cultural climate.

“Younger viewersand anyone else who inhabits a real, fact-based worldwill know that LGBTQ and gender non-conforming kids still face disproportionate rates of bullying in school and have a greater likelihood of self-harm,” Allen wrote in a Feb. 23 op-ed. “It simply is not true that the tables have turned and the marginalized kids are now in charge.”

“Are there some mean genderqueer people and hurtful art geeks out there?” she added. “Absolutely. But the Heathers of 2018 acts as if it is now universally the case that these groups can access social capital.”

Staff writers for the show swiftly quote tweeted Allen’s piece and dismissed the critiques as missing the point.

“I love a bad-faith think piece as much as the next blogger, but if you’re completely blind to irony and satire, there’s not much left to say,” said Heathers writer Price Peterson, in a tweet which has since been deleted. Creator Jason Micallef added, “We get a lot of dumb ‘hot takes,’ but this one takes the cake.”

Its crew has asserted the production team is mostly made up of LGBTQ people.

Watch the pilot and judge for yourself, but here’s our two cents: If the only people who like the Heathers redux is the crowd who wants to take the lead characters’ rights away, maybe the “satire” isn’t as effective as its writers think.

h/t The New Statesman

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What Is Happening in This Sam Smith Kissing Picture?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I have just four: What is going on?

As many of you know, self-described “dick monster” Sam Smith is dating 13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn. The two have already taken some totally not staged paparazzi photos together and the latest crop of these au natural snaps have hit the web. And oh, boy.

They are going IN. Like, a dementor would look at that photo and be like, “Sam, that’s a bit much.” According to the Daily Mail, the photo was taken outside a fish-and-chip shop in London. We can only assume the two were on a quest for leftover crumbs.

The photo lit up Twitter with opinions in two camps: this is too much and LEAVE SAM SMITH ALONE.

Regardless of how they kiss, it’s nice to see Sam Smith happy, I guess? Maybe he’s crying less?

10 Politicians Urge Trump to Drop Trans Military Ban in Full-Page ‘USA Today’ Ad

A full-page ad printed in USA Today features 10 public officials from both sides of the aisle calling on the White House to drop its attempted ban on trans military service.

The advertisement features lawmakers like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) denouncing the failed policy, which President Trump claimed he would rework after it was blocked by a series of federal court rulings.

McCain, who sponsored a bill opposing the president’s ban last year, claimed the armed forces “should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country.” Collins, another supporter of that legislation, claimed the United States “should be expressing our gratitude” to transgender troops, rather than “trying to kick them out of the military.”

The ad also quotes a statement from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released after Trump initially announced the proposal last July. The president claimed trans people would not be permitted to “serve in any capacity,” fallaciously citing “tremendous costs and disruption.”

“I don’t think we should be discriminating against anyone,” Hatch said in response. “Transgender people are people, and deserve the best we can do for them.”

Monday’s circular also includes quotes from top military personnel.

Former Army Secretary Eric Fanning, the first openly gay man to hold the post, claimed the president’s policy creates the very “uncertainty and instability” it purported to address. Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James claimed there is “no evidence” to support a ban on trans service members.

Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey took aim at the White House’s assertion trans military service would be burdensome for the Pentagonwhich wasdebunked by a 2016 studycommissioned by, well, the Pentagon.

“The service of men and women who volunteer and who meet the standards of service is a blessing not a burden,” Dempsey said.

The advertisement was released by LGBTQ advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN, Gender Justice League, and the American Military Partner Association after Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattisdelivered a set of recommendations to the presidenton the future of trans military service.

INTOreported last week that Mattiswho was on vacation when the ban was initially announcedfavored allowing transgender troops to serve openly, even despite Trump’s objections.

LGBTQ advocates urged the White House to follow that alleged advice.

“Military leaders, national security officials, and bipartisan lawmakers agree with the majority of Americans who believe the Trump-Pence Administration’s ban on transgender troops is not only wrong, but hurts military readiness,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in a statement.

“Donald Trump’s erratic tweets and half-baked orders disrespect the bravery of countless transgender people who have fought and sacrificed for our country,” Griffin continued. “It’s long past time the White House abandon this reckless, unconstitutional ban and give these brave individuals the dignity, respect, and honor they deserve.”

The details of Mattis’ recommendationsas well as Trump’s decisionwill reportedly be made publicon March 23, nearly 12 weeks after trans troopswere permitted to serve openlyfor the first time.

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Hollywood Calls on ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Stranger Things’ to Boycott Georgia Over Anti-LGBTQ Law

A top TV executive is calling on Hollywood to boycott Georgia if the state passes an anti-LGBTQ adoption bill approved by the Senate last week.

Ben Wexler, a producer on shows like Arrested Development and Community, tweeted on Sunday in protest of the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act,” which was ratified by the upper house of the Georgia legislature Friday. Introduced by state Sen. William Ligon, it would permit adoption and foster care agencies to turn away same-sex couples if placing a child with them would violate their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

State Bill 375 would also prohibit the state from taking “adverse action” against agencies which discriminate in the name of faith.

Calling the legislation “dumb,” Wexler called upon fellow content creators to stop doing business with the state of Georgia if the billwhich heads to the House following the Senate’s 35-19 voteis signed into law.

“To my fellow showrunners: If this dumb bill becomes law, let’s be done filming television shows in Georgia,” he tweeted.

Celebrities like comedian Billy Eichner (Difficult People), screenwriter Michael Green (Logan), producer Paul Adelstein (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), and executive producer (Army Wives) tweeted their approval, while filmmaker Eric Janvier (Blackstone) called upon AMC’s The Walking Dead to take a stand against the anti-LGBTQ bill.

“The biggest show at the moment is The Walking Dead, and if they decide to walk away from the state, that’s a huge loss for them,” Janvier posted in response to Wexler.

The Walking Dead, one of the most-watched shows on television, is a major lynchpin in Georgia’s thriving entertainment economy. Shows likeStranger Things,24: Legacy, andAtlantabring in more than $7 billion a year for the state, a combination of job creation and tourism revenue. Senoia, the town where the zombie pop culture phenomenon shoots,is a “tourist mecca,”as Ad Week reports.

Showrunner Greg Nicotero has yet to respond to calls for a boycott on Twitter.

It remains to be seen, however, whether Gov. Nathan Deal will be willing to back SB 375. The Republican governor vetoed a “religious freedom” bill in 2016 over concerns its passage would jeopardize the state’s business relationship with the Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios.Avengers: Infinity War,Black Panther, andGuardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2all filmed in the Peach State, which has become Marvel’s unofficial home base in recent years.

“I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, of which I and my family have been a part of for all of our lives,” Deal said two years ago, asCNNreported at the time.

“Georgia is a welcoming state,” he added. “It is full of loving, kind and generous people. […] I intend to do my part to keep it that way.”

The conservative has not signaled his position on SB 375, which issimilar to bills passed in Alabama, South Dakota, and Texaslast year. To date, seven statespermit foster care and adoption agenciesto discriminate against LGBTQ people.

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