A Hollywood actor, who is remembered for playing a misbehaving detective, will relocate his entire film crew out of Georgia due to new election rules.
“Bad Boy” celebrity Will Smith will stop filming in the Peach State for Apple Studios’s new thriller movie “Emancipation” to show his disapproval of state Senate Bill 202.
Smith and film director Antoine Fuqua both criticized the legislation for being discriminatory towards those belonging to another race. The laws require voters to produce identification for absentee ballots, drop boxes to be limited, and early voting hours amended.
“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,” the pair said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access.”
The pair accused the bill of resembling what they called voter restrictions that Congress passed in the late 19th Century.
“The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting,” they said.
Smith and Fuqua then confirmed plans to film in another state with election laws that more closely align with their values.
“Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state,” they said.
According to the Associated Press, Apple planned to begin filming the movie in Georgia in June after acquiring the film rights back in 2020 for a reported $130 million.
The movie retells what is touted to be a “true story” about an African-American slave who escaped a plantation in Louisiana and enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Several major companies have expressed strong disapproval of the legislation, including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, JP Morgan Chase, and Major League Baseball.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) questioned the commercial sense in enterprises announcing boycotts to take sides in political matters.
“They are all woke but they are really doing something that is against the financial interests of every business,” he said in a video shared on YouTube. “Publicly traded businesses usually do not get involved with politics because it hurts their bottom line [and] because it makes the country unhappy.”
Paul suggested anyone who opposes the boycott should return the favor by refusing to pay for products and services those corporate activists provide.
“My point is if they want to boycott us, why don’t we boycott them?” he said. “This is the only thing that will teach them a lesson.”
The senator also accused the Coca-Cola Company of discriminating against 74 million people who voted for former President Donald Trump at the November election.
“If Coca-Cola wants to only operate in Democrat states and wants only Democrats to drink Coca-Cola, God love ’em,” he said. “We will see how well they do when half [of] the country quits drinking Coca-Cola.”
He revealed the bill does not make it harder for working Georgians to cast their ballot at all.
“They are doing it because they do not like a Republican law, a law that actually expands voting and does not contract voting,” he said. “Georgia now has more early voting than New York has, so it is kind of ridiculous. Even the facts do not meet what they are trying to do.”