New Anti-Gay Law Forces Sharon Stone Out of Mississippi
Sharon Stone has pulled the plug on a film project in Mississippi, insisting she won’t work in a state that discriminates against gays and lesbians. The actress has written to Mississippi Film Studios President Rick Moore, explaining her reasons for moving the production of The Principal, which tackles cyber-bullying.
She explains she cannot do business in the state after lawmakers passed the controversial anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Religious Liberty bill. The 58-year-old Basic Instinct star’s statement, obtained by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger newspaper, reads: “I will not work in any state that holds or is actively creating laws to legally support discrimination against American citizens whether due to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, nor where those laws are passed or approved by the government of said state.” Moore tells local TV network WAPT News the new legislation has deeply affected the Mississippi movie industry, explaining, “HB 1523 has stirred many passionate opinions, which has unfortunately slowed the momentum of the film industry.” Stone, who is an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, has joined a growing list of stars taking a stand against the HB 1523 legislation, which state Governor Phil Bryant signed into law last week. Rocker Bryan Adams has announced he is canceling his gig at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on April 14 because of the new legislation. Meanwhile, Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen have scrapped gigs in nearby North Carolina over another controversial new law that restricts the rights of transgender people. Pop star Cyndi Lauper is refusing to cancel her upcoming gig in the state, but she will be handing over all proceeds from the June 4 show to Equality North Carolina, an organization fighting to overturn the legislation. She says, “I think the best way I can do my part is to turn my show into an entire day to build public support to repeal HB2.”