Thanks to significant tax incentives, Georgia has become one of the major filming locations in the United States in recent years, for example hosting Marvel films or series The Walking Dead.
Last month, however, the adoption of a text to fight against electoral fraud provoked a wave of criticism, especially by strengthening restrictions on voter identification by mail and calling for boycotts in the constituencies. Finance or sports.
“Backward Electoral Laws”
Will Smith and Antoine Fukua, directorRedemption, Decided on Monday to join this protest movement.
We cannot give financial support in our hearts and souls to an executive who enforces backward election laws with the goal of restricting access to the ballot box. […] We need to move our film production work from Georgia to another state., Write the artists in a press release sent to AFP.
In addition to reinforced identity checks, a text signed by the Governor of the Republic of Georgia prohibits the distribution of water or food in long queues on voting days and limits the number of ballot boxes set up in the city. Street to deposit ballots.
Critics of the law have compared its provisions to so-called Jim Crow separatist laws introduced by several southern states after the Civil War to limit the voting rights of African-Americans.
New election arrangements in Georgia
Recall the voting barriers implemented at the end of the Reconstruction to prevent many people from voting in the United StatesSo guess Will Smith and Antoine Foucault, especially famous for his film Training day (Training day).
In Georgia, the wounds of slavery and segregation are still alive, thanks to the record mobilization that President Joe Biden won in November 2020, especially black voters. A win. Donald Trump, who is running in this state, has misrepresented himself as a victim of election fraud.
Actor Mark Hamil also responded
Until Will Smith and Antoine Fuca decided, calls for a boycott would not resonate loudly in Hollywood, unlike some angry tweets like James Mangold, who could realize the next installment of Indiana Jones or the actor’s adventures. Mark Hamil as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga.
The North American League of Baseball (MLB) announced on Friday that the 2021 All-Star Games, scheduled for July 13 in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, will finally take place in another state in protest of the new rules.
Private companies such as Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, which provide many jobs in Georgia, have also publicly condemned the law.