Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Oh, people are supposed to "Dump Netflix"

LifeSiteNews has a new campaign and, for a change, it is not anti-LGBT: PETITION: 'Dump Netflix' over their attack on unborn babies. According to the introductory email:
The 'Dump Netflix' campaign has caught fire, and Netflix is starting to feel the heat!

Since we first launched this petition on May 31st, more than 16,750 people have signed.

If you haven't already signed, could you please consider signing this petition and help turn up the heat on Netflix?

Your signature would make a big difference!
Netflix's sin, by the way, was to announce that they may stop producing movies and TV shows in Georgia if the state's new abortion law takes effect. Disney and WarnerMedia have made similar announcements. WarnerMedia is a subsidiary of AT&T. In turn it owns HBO, Cinemax, TNT, CNN, TBS and a number of other brands.

I hate to break it to the folks at LifefSite but Netflix has nearly 150 million subscribers. The roughly 17 thousand people who signed the petition are not necessarily Netflix subscribers. But let's say that they are and let's round up to 20 thousand. That amounts to 0.013% of subscribers. I think that Netflix will survive.

The purpose of a boycott is to alter corporate behavior. LifeSite's intent, per the petition, is to punish the company:
Make no mistake: Netflix declared war on unborn babies and on the pro-life movement when their Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, told Fox News that if the heartbeat law was to take effect, “we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia,” and in the meantime “will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court.”

Those are fighting words, and as pro-lifers, we simply cannot continue to support huge corporations, like Netflix, which use monies gained from their clients' subscriptions, to defend and promote abortion...to work (lock, stock and barrel) against the unborn and the pro-life movement.
Punishing companies has some value but it is highly unlikely to change any policies.

When it comes to economic leverage, the entertainment industry is flexing its muscles hoping to persuade Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to veto the measure. They are more likely to be successful in challenging this anti-abortion measure than LifeSite will be to change the inclinations of Netflix. Nevertheless, Kemp might sign the measure to satisfy voters.

The religious right is intellectually isolated. They routinely refer to pro-choice as pro-abortion. Most people oppose abortion but are proponents of reproductive choice. In other words, they realize that they are in no position to substitute their judgment for that of a pregnant woman or her doctor. Furthermore, there is the general sense that women should be in control of their own bodies.

On top of that, most people appreciate the difference between a fetus and a baby. However, these are religious fanatics. They are immune to reasonable rationale.

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