In a surprisingly political and calculated move, Ariana Grande has donated all of the proceeds to her sold-out show on June 8th in Atlanta, Georgia to Planned Parenthood. The staggering total?
Somewhere between $250,000 and $300,000, depending on which report you choose to believe. The concert took place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta and is part of her “Sweetener” tour.
The donation is especially important as Georgia is one of the states in the US to just recently pass a “Fetal Heartbeat” bill. Georgia’s was signed into law on May 7th and is set to go into effect January 1st. This bill will make it illegal to have an abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which for some pregnancies would be as early as six weeks. Often with hormone changes and cycle fluctuations, women do not even realize they are pregnant that soon.
Other states that have passed similar bills or looking to do so soon include Ohio, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America thanked Grande for the donation, and stated that it was “inspiring”, and that with support like this they can “continue to fight back”.
Grande isn’t the only one that is having an intense reaction to Georgia’s new bill. Many Hollywood productions have threatened to pull out of Georgia, taking a lot of money with them. J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele recently filmed their new show “Lovecraft Country” in Georgia, and have stated that while they can’t refilm or take it back, they will donate all of their episodic fees to the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Action.
This is big for the state, which (Believe it or not!) is the country’s third-largest production hub. Black Panther and The Walking Dead both have filmed at least some in the state, which draws Hollywood because of its tax incentives. Shooting site scouts for Amazon’s “The Power” were pulled away from the state, and Kristin Wiig said that her new comedy “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” changed filming locations, all directly related to the new bill.
It is unclear if Hollywood pressure will change the outcome, but Grande hopes to lead the charge in support of women’s healthcare and rights with this power move this month. We will have to wait and see if others follow suit.