Mark Hamill and James Mangold Call for Filming Boycott in Georgia After Controversial Voting Bill Passes. Several big names in Hollywood are calling for studios to pull production from Georgia after a controversial voting bill passed for the state.
According to EW, “The new election law, which was signed on March 25, brings more rigid voter restrictions including ID requirements for absentee voting, a limit on the number of ballot drop boxes, and it prohibits supplying food and water to anyone within 150 feet of the polling place or 25 feet of any voter in line. It also shortens runoff reelections from nine to four weeks. The bill has been denounced by Democrats and voting rights groups, with President Biden even calling it “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.””
After the bill was passed, Indiana Jones 5 Director James Mangold shared to twitter: “I will not direct a film in Georgia.”
Undoubtedly this caught the attention of several news outlets and fellow entertainers, with many sharing the same sentiment online. Famed actor, Mark Hamill, agreed with Mangold’s stance and shared his support online for the boycott of filming for movies and television in Georgia. Hamill shared a post regarding the issue along with the caption, “Absolutely!”
As with many controversial issues, there are those who fear the boycott will ruin the lives of the residence who make a living by working for film studios in Georgia. One such voice is that of Studios Executive, Tyler Perry who shared:
“I’m resting my hope in the DOJ taking a hard look at this unconstitutional voter suppression law that harkens to the Jim Crow era,” he continues. “As some consider boycotting, please remember that we did turn Georgia blue and there is a gubernatorial race on the horizon — that’s the beauty of a democracy.“
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Source: Entertainment Weekly
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