Will Smith has announced he has pulled production on his next movie out of Georgia in order to protest the "regressive voting laws."
It comes in response to legislation signed by Governor Brian Kemp that restricts voting access in Georgia.
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Now, Smith is arguably one of Hollywood's most beloved figures.
The fifty-two-year-old actor has forged a very successful career for himself over the years, including a die-hard fan base.
He was initially known best for his roles in comedy-action movies...
Such as 1995's Bad Boys and the 1997 movie, Men in Black.
But, as the years went on, he landed himself his fair share of more serious roles.
And who hasn't watched I Am Legend?
Anyway, Smith is never far away from our screens...
But his latest film will be, for those who live in Georgia.
Will Smith and director, Antoine Fuqua have announced that they are pulling production for their upcoming film, Emancipation, out of Georgia in response to the state's new voting restrictions.
And while many people have praised the move...
It’s not about affecting people’s lives per se, the gesture is geared towards hitting the pockets of the GQP in Georgia. The state revenue is greatly affected when taxes are stifled due to a corporate transfer.— Sergius Q. Paulus (@BlaqueIcedQuofi) April 12, 2021
Good for you, Will, that is the right thing to do. And you hit them where it hurts!— M de Valk (@viamaria5) April 12, 2021
The sad thing is this is affecting the very people the law is meant to target. But morally, i understand. Kemp is just continuing to fuck up Georgia and Georgians— (@Craziiforyu2) April 12, 2021
Others have pointed out the jobs losses that workers will now face...
@GovKemp stop the bleeding and make this right. On top of the contentious voting bill, Georgia is losing jobs and revenue. That is not debatable— Chad Troline (@CTroline) April 12, 2021
bruh. this man is really ruining lives and taking away jobs— mc mike eazy (@butterclaws) April 12, 2021
This is going to affect black workers on these sets.— (@Craziiforyu2) April 12, 2021
How is taking jobs and more money away from Black communities Helping Black Communities 🤔😒 The philosophy is dumb— LuvMeHateMe (@LuhMe4Me) April 12, 2021
As a progressive Georgian, let me just chime in to say, the pple who will be most hurt by this are not the GOP, but the hard working techs, location folks, local businesses that were just getting back on their feet frm Covid. I get the sentiment, but this hurts all the wrong ppl— *Jules* Put A Mask On* (@julianaillari) April 12, 2021
Smith announced they are moving production in response to Georgia's new voting law.
The new law, introduced earlier this month, places several new restrictions on voting, including limits on drop boxes and who is allowed to vote using provisional ballots.
As per The New York Times, it also strips some authority from the secretary of state.
And means offering food or water to people waiting in line to vote is now a criminal offence.
Smith and director, Antoine Fuqua today, shared a joint statement stating they are pulling product of Emancipation as they do not wish to support Georgia's government.
"At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice," the statement, first reported by Deadline, began.
"We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access."
"The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting. Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state," they concluded.
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