Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee speaks on the prospect of a filming boycott in Northern Ireland 3 years ago

Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee speaks on the prospect of a filming boycott in Northern Ireland

The Derry Girls creator is not for it.

Since the state of Georgia moved to introduce a ban on abortion, there has been chatter that Netflix, Disney, WarnerMedia and other studios will boycott the state's booming film industry by refusing to film there.

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In the wake of such rumours, it has also been speculated that such a boycott could be extended to Northern Ireland — where abortion is also still illegal.

Northern Ireland has famously been used as a filming location for HBO's Game of Thrones, and in more recent times, Channel 4's hit comedy Derry Girls.

Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee has given her two cents on the prospect of a boycott today. In a series of tweets, McGee said:

"I’ve been asked to comment on this issue so I will do it here. While I completely agree that abortion law in Northern Ireland is horrific and a breach of human rights, and that the British government must intervene and take immediate action to bring it into line with the rest of the Uk, I don’t feel a boycott of our film and television industry is the answer.

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"The Northern Irish film and tv industry has been a light in the darkness. In a country where there is already little opportunity for young people it would only deprive them further. The fact that ultimately young Northern Irish women would suffer is depressing."

Nicola Coughlan, who plays Claire on the show, agreed with McGee's sentiments, responding by saying "Seconded."

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