Comedian Tiffany Haddish sparked speculation on social media after she announced she was cancelling her Atlanta comedy show due to the state's restrictive "heartbeat" abortion law. But sources say she cancelled for a different reason.
Haddish, 39, was scheduled to perform at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on June 22. But she pulled out of the show until Georgia lawmakers repeals the ban on abortions.
"After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta. I love the state of Georgia, but I need to stand with women and until they withdraw Measure HB481, I cannot in good faith perform there," the Girls Trip star said in a statement on Saturday.
But sources say the comedienne is only grandstanding because ticket sales to her shows have been slow.
Insiders say Haddish would not have cancelled her upcoming show in Atlanta if the show was sold out.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the heartbeat bill into law in May. The bill calls for prohibiting abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The law states, "unborn children are a class of living, distinct person."
Haddish joins other Hollywood stars who denounced Georgia lawmakers for banning abortions and violating a woman's right to choose.
Hollywood studios also threatened to pull out of Georgia if the law is not repealed. The film industry brought 92,000 jobs to the area and poured over $4 billion into the local economy.
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