The state of Georgia is facing an economic boycott following the controversial election of Brian Kemp as governor.
Kemp, who oversaw the election as sitting Secretary of State, has been accused of massive voter suppression leading up to the election.
Ari Berman, the author of the 2016 book Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America broke down the scale of the alleged voter suppression by Kemp.
1.5 million purged by Brian Kemp
53k registrations on hold
4.5 hour lines
214 polling places closed
Dems falsely accused of cyber crimes
Candidate overseeing own election
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) November 16, 2018
Now, some of the biggest stars in Hollywood are calling for a boycott of the state, which is known as “the Hollywood of the South.”
Emmy and Peabody awards winner Frank Rich, the executive producer of HBC’s “Veep,” lead the charge on election day.
“If Kemp wins in Georgia, Hollywood should put its money where its mouth is and pull all production out of the state,” Rich tweeted.
Other stars and producers quickly took up the cause.
— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) November 17, 2018
There are over 20 productions shooting in Georgia.
Is the entertainment industry willing to support the economy of a totally corrupt state that suppresses democracy; where the winner isn’t the best choice for the people but the best schemer or crook?
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 17, 2018
To all my friends who are studio and network executives, if you choose to shoot movies and tv in Georgia, don’t bother to call me. https://t.co/gtIKNJBhNF
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) November 17, 2018
Hundred percent agreed.
— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) November 8, 2018
— Betsy Sullenger (@betsysullenger) November 16, 2018
I hate the idea of it, but if he goes after LGBTQ rights (he already has), production here is gone.
— Josh Mikel 🌹 (@Joshua_Mikel) November 7, 2018
I want to say this right now, before the election. If Brian Kemp uses his position and obvious fraud to steal the Ga. governor's race from Stacey Abrams, there will be a TOTAL economic boycott of Georgia that will bring the state's power structure to its knees
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) November 4, 2018
As the No. 1 state for film production, Georgia was home to a record 455 film and television productions in FY 18 that generated a total economic impact of $9.5 billion. I’m proud to see the film industry continue to thrive in our communities. More: https://t.co/A0ks2JjGwm pic.twitter.com/zb7jLPjqon
— Governor Nathan Deal (@GovernorDeal) August 16, 2018