Will Smith Movie Exits Georgia Over Voting Bill

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"Emancipation" is an upcoming film about a runaway slave starring Will Smith and directed by Antoine Fuqua. It was announced earlier today that the film will depart from its current production site in Georgia to relocate somewhere else. This is in response to Georgia's controversial voting law that passed both chambers of Congress and made its way to Governor Kemp's desk to be signed into law.

The Smith and Fuqua said in a joint statement:

"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. 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."

This move is one of many as large corporations have started to move their operations away from Georgia.

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