Hollywood Stars, Entertainment Companies Sign Open Letter Condemning Georgia Voting Restrictions

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Fortune 500 firms, A-list film stars, filmmakers and company heavyweights got here out swinging on April 14, condemning Georgia’s new voting restrictions in an open letter that was printed in The Washington Post and the New York Times.

The a whole lot of signatories included the likes of Netflix, Amazon, ViacomCBS, Starbucks, Facebook and UTA, in addition to celebrities resembling Rooney Mara, George Clooney, Mark Ruffalo, Larry David, Josh Gad, Lee Daniels, George Lucas, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leonardo Dicaprio, Demi Lovato, Shonda Rhimes, Samuel L. Jackson, Orlando Bloom and Naomi Campbell. Business titans resembling Michael Bloomberg, Scooter Braun, J.J. Abrams, David Geffen and Warren Buffett additionally signed the notice.

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“For American democracy to work for any of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us,” the assertion reads. “Voting is the lifeblood of our democracy, and we call upon all Americans to take a nonpartisan stand for this basic and most fundamental right of all Americans.”

The open letter was organized by former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault and Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, and emerged out of a gathering that the boys hosted with different enterprise leaders over the weekend.

The new legal guidelines have been handed within the wake of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud within the 2020 presidential election, and after Georgia voted for a Democrat for president for the primary time in a long time. The rules shorten the period of absentee voting, require absentee voters to supply identification, restrict using drop containers and make it against the law handy out free meals or water to voters standing in line. Critics preserve these legal guidelines goal individuals of colour and are designed to suppress the vote.

Two Georgia-based firms which have criticized the legal guidelines, Delta and Coca-Cola, didn’t signal the open letter.

Georgia has develop into a serious manufacturing hub for Hollywood, with movie and tv undertaking flocking to the Peach State, lured by beneficiant tax incentives. On Monday, a type of initiatives, “Emancipation,” a thriller about an escaped slave that can star Will Smith and might be directed by Antoine Fuqua, introduced it is not going to shoot in Georgia due to the brand new voting rules.

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