Netflix Moves Series Over Anti-LGBTQ Law
Nearly three years after the controversy over North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” hit fever pitch, the legislation’s impact on the Tar Heel State lingers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has scrapped plans to film a new series, “OBX,” in North Carolina.
Though the coming-of-age drama is set in North Carolina’s Outer Banks (or OBX), producers are opting to film it in South Carolina partly because of the remnants of House Bill 2.
HB2, signed by former Gov.
Pat McCrory (R) in March 2016, prohibited transgender people from using restrooms that align with their gender identities.
The bill sparked an instant backlash and was condemned by everyone from Hillary Clinton to Bruce Springsteen, who nixed a performance in Greensboro over the legislation.
HB2 was partially repealed and replaced by HB142 in 2017.
The replacement, however, maintains a provision prohibiting municipalities from passing any ordinance regulating private employment or public accommodations.
In other words, it barred cities from passing their own nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people or enacting measures raising the minimum wage or protecting workers.
At present, this provision will remain in place until 2020.
A Netflix spokeswoman told HuffPost the streaming network had no comment but confirmed that “the law was a factor in our decision not to film in North Carolina.”
“The decision to film in South Carolina is final,” she added, “and it’s worth clarifying that we never started production in North Carolina.”
A number of LGBTQ advocacy groups and individuals applauded the news.