Column: Gavin Newsom Lectures Hollywood on ‘Values’

To the Left, “freedom” is barely a optimistic phrase when it applies to one thing like abortion. Abruptly, within the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned, leftist politicians are utilizing “freedom” as a gross sales phrase, which is odd, contemplating most of their agenda is about authorities management.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is presently attempting to disgrace Hollywood megacorporations into filming their films and TV reveals in California, as an alternative of much less sybaritic pink states like Georgia. He needs the Hollywood manufacturing cash to spice up the looks of his state’s financial efficiency.

To date, firms like Disney and Netflix nonetheless plan to shoot reveals in Georgia, however have pledged to pay for workers to journey to different states to “receive reproductive care,” as Selection so delicately put it.

In an commercial funded by his tremendous PAC, Newsom begged Hollywood to “select freedom,” that “California is a freedom state.” No fact-checkers had been stirred by this rib-tickler. Has California been a “freedom state” on COVID? He aggressively sought the separation of church and churchgoers.

He insisted California provides “freedom to entry the well being care you want, together with abortion care.” There’s “freedom to like who you’re keen on,” the LGBTQ slogan. And there’s “freedom from repressive governments that wish to inform you what to consider and threaten you with felonies in case you don’t toe the road.”

I’d like Newsom to elaborate on the final one. Is that this about instructing important race principle and intercourse training for first-graders? He’s been waging warfare on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, little doubt looking for liberal-media consideration as he goals of nationwide workplace.  

California formally hates pink states, a lot in order that the state bans official journey to 22 states, practically half the nation. This Hollywood shaming is a part of the identical thought course of. You couldn’t disgrace Newsom out of vacationing in a kind of states (Idaho), simply as you couldn’t disgrace him out of disobeying his personal COVID guidelines when he hobnobbed at a birthday feast on the chi-chi French Laundry restaurant throughout the 2020 lockdown.

Newsom tweeted angrily on the Hollywood elites: “You’ll be able to shield your employees, or proceed to help anti-abortion states that rule with hatred.” That’s the weirdest take. No person is extra hated in an abortion than the sufferer of the abortion. It’s just like the infants are invisible within the liberal image.

The governor argued pro-life states “have waged a merciless assault on important rights,” he stated, and it’s solely worsened for the reason that “abhorrent” Supreme Courtroom determination.

“They’re finishing up these assaults overtly and with the intent to trigger ache within the communities they aim—a lot of whom are important to the success of your trade,” continued Newsom, “At this time greater than ever, you may have a duty to take inventory of your values—and people of your workers—when doing enterprise in these states.”

Abortion is by some means by no means “brazen,” or “merciless,” or “inflicting ache.” Abortion is rarely the other of “fairness” or “inclusion.” Hollywood thinks abortion is liberating, value celebrating. It’s an important ingredient in “intercourse positivity.” 

With these values, Hollywood could make an “abortion comedy” (Apparent Youngster) or a film scene the place a mom throws her daughter an “abortion child bathe.” (That’s in Lena Dunham’s new film Sharp Stick.)

Newsom is indignant as a result of Hollywood ought to all the time and in every single place dedicate itself to the Pleasure Precept, to quick gratification – if it feels good, do it. In case your pleasure-seeking has adversarial reproductive penalties, it’s best to have the liberty to remove these penalties.  Freedom’s simply one other phrase for one thing it’s essential to lose.

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