‘There is no rational reason to delay if it is already going to sunset…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) The Outer Banks in North Carolina is one of the top coastal attractions in the nation.
Thousands of tourists flock to the islands each year to enjoy the beach and see unique features, from the lighthouses and wild horses of Corolla to the Wright Brothers’ Kitty Hawk memorial.
In recent years, “OBX” has become a ubiquitously popular bumper sticker up and down the East Coast corridor.
But a Netflix series about the barrier islands might be filmed in South Carolina instead. Why?
Known also as HB2, the law mandated that individuals use only restrooms and changing facilities corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificate.
It also made it illegal for municipalities to adopt “non-discrimination ordinances” that exceeded the state’s protections.
After garnering national media attention, the bill prompted several left-wing figures in the entertainment industry to call for statewide boycotts in 2016.
Jonas Pate, creator of the show “OBX,” says Netflix passed on filming in the Tar Heel State over concerns about legislation that replaced HB2.
This is curious, given that the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the law in 2017 after giving in to massive corporate pressure.
They replaced it with compromise legislation, leaving the regulation of bathrooms up to the legislature while placing a moratorium on non-discrimination ordinances until 2020.
Gov. Roy Cooper agreed to the compromise and signed it into law, but has since sought to undermine the new law’s regulations on public facilities.
Cooper, a Democrat, was recently a guest of honor at an LGBT gala hosted by a child sex offender—who also happened to have led the original push for gender-neutral latrines that prompted the uproar.
Pate said Netflix might still consider filming in North Carolina … if the legislature decides to let municipalities pass non-discrimination ordinances right away.
“This tiny law is costing this town 70 good, clean, pension-paying jobs and also sending a message to those people who can bring these jobs and more that North Carolina still doesn’t get it,” Pate said.
Newly elected Democratic state Sen. Harper Peterson, who will represent Wilmington after being sworn in Wednesday, said he wants the General Assembly to take action right away.
“There is no rational reason to delay if it is already going to sunset,” he stated.
Only time will tell if North Carolina’s legislature gives in to blackmail from “LGBT-friendly” corporations once again.