After Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s new voting legislation into law, some in Hollywood are calling for a boycott of the state’s bustling film and TV industry.
“Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill and “Ford v Ferrari” director James Mangold were among the first to announce they plan to avoid working in the state until something is done about the new law, which some, including President Joe Biden, say restricts voting access and eligibility in the state, which leaned in favor of the Democrats on the ticket in the 2020 general election.
The new law adds early voting access for most counties, adding an additional mandatory Saturday and codifying Sunday hours as optional, according to a report from Georgia Public Broadcasting. It also standardizes early voting hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or as long as 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; makes it mandatory to present a state-issued ID when requesting an absentee ballot; limits the number of drop boxes in the state, requiring them to be placed at early voting locations and only available while the precinct is open; and prohibits handing out food and water within 150 feet of the polling place or 25 feet of any voter in line, although poll workers are exempted.
The new Georgia law also shortens runoff reelections from nine weeks to four weeks.
Mangold took to Twitter last week to declare that he will not direct a film in Georgia, adding in follow-up tweets that his reasoning has to do with the voting legislation.
“Georgia has been using cash to steal movie jobs from other states that allow people to vote. I don’t want to play ther… (Read more)
I will not direct a film in Georgia.— Mangold (@mang0ld) March 26, 2021
Yes, but the work and jobs, can be going to a state that doesn't discriminate against POC.— Retired Navy (@RetiredNavy007) March 26, 2021
It is a difficult decision.