Will Smith’s new slavery movie Emancipation will not be filmed in Georgia because of the new vote integrity law there, which has been mischaracterized by some as being racist.
Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua made a joint statement to announce the decision to Deadline, which broke the story Monday.
It is the first major Hollywood production to boycott Georgia over the law, which has provisions like requiring voters to show ID to get absentee ballots and banning campaigners from offering food or drinks to people waiting to vote.
“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. We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access,” they said.
The move will take away jobs from hundreds of blue collar workers that would staff the film, but it’s more important to virtue signal based on misinformation about the law.
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