Ryan coogler maintains the next production of Black panther 2 in Georgia, despite the new state voting law. On Friday, the actor revealed his decision in a letter published by Shadow and Act, explaining that it will not move production and will support voting rights organizations.
“As an African American and as a citizen, I oppose all attempts, explicit and otherwise, to shrink the electorate and reduce access to the ballot. I say this when I return to Georgia, a state that occupies a special place in my country. heart, “writes Coogler. “While I wanted to turn my concern into action, I couldn’t do so without first receiving an education on the details of Georgia. Having now spoken with voting rights activists in the state, I have come to understand that many of the people employed by my The movie, including all the local vendors and businesses we participate with, are the same people who will bear the brunt of SB202. For those reasons, I will not participate in a boycott of Georgia. What I will do is use my voice for emphasis the effects of SB202, its shameful Jim Crow roots, and doing everything possible to support organizations fighting against voter suppression here in the state. “
Coogler is one of the few directors who openly opposes the state’s voting law while continuing to film there. Since the law was passed, Hollywood studios and talent have been vocal about his disdain for the ruling, getting the hashtag #NoMoreFilmingInGeorgia as a trend. More recently, Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua announced that their next film, Emancipation, will no longer film in Georgia “due to recently enacted state approved voting restrictions.” Major League Baseball also moved its 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver, Colorado, in response to recent state voting restrictions.
“Our movie [Black Panther 2] stays in Georgia, “adds Coogler.” Additionally, I have made a personal commitment to raising awareness of ways to help overturn this harmful bill, and to continue to receive education on this matter from people on the ground. I will encourage everyone who works with me to connect with the local community directly affected by Senate Bill 202 and leverage their influence and resources to help fight for this particular and essential pillar of democracy. “
The editor ended his letter with a call to action, instructing readers to donate to the Fair Fight Action organization. Black panther 2 is scheduled for release on July 8, 2022.