Since Top Chef showrunners confirmed they were still going to film the next season in Texas, there’s been a bit of pushback. Fans of the reality cooking show are not happy that plans didn’t change.
While the judges on the show aren’t happy about the bill, both Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons have voiced their displeasure. However, neither has said they want the show to move locations. In fact, both seem to be fairly fired up about voicing their opposition to the bill. As Lakshmi put it, there’s something to be said for staying in Texas and protesting the law. That way, they aren’t hurting the companies that had nothing to do with its passage.
Simmons has certainly been vocal about her opposition to the law. Most recently, she took to Instagram to make it very clear how angry she is about what Texas has done.
‘Top Chef’ Judge Wants To Keep Law ‘Off Our Bodies’
On the Friday post, she put a picture of herself in a simple white tank top. However, she also put three strips of blue tape that delivered several messages. The first was “laws off our bodies.” The next piece of tape said “86 the abortion ban,” and finally “#1973.”
Alongside the photo, the Top Chef judge made it very clear how she felt about the new abortion ban.
“I couldn’t come to Texas and not stand with the women who need our support,” Simmons wrote. “The state’s Six Week Ban is blatantly unconstitutional, injects the government into personal health care, denies women bodily autonomy, and declares that anyone with a uterus is subject to a different set of rules, rules that attempt to control us, putting our lives and livelihoods at risk.”
She went to explain one of the reasons she stood with Padma in keeping Top Chef where it was.
“I stand with the restaurant industry in active protest to SB8,” she added. “And in support of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right.”
Fighting The Law
Simmons took her advocacy a bit further. Actually asking her followers to help.
“Join me in donating to the 1973 Project which will fund organizations helping Texans get the abortion care they need.” She concluded by saying there was a link to the organization in her bio.
While most of her followers were very supportive of the post, there was one in particular whose comment grabbed attention.
Television star Alyssa Milano, who has become quite the activist in recent years, was among the first to comment.
While her response was a very simple “thank you,” it was clearly noticed by others. Some users even invited Milano to join the fight and also advocated for the 1973 project.
As of now, Texas has shown no signs of repealing the law.
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