“Big Mama’s House” star Tyler Perry spoke out against what he refers to as the “voter suppression law” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed last week.
The legislation has gained ire from liberal celebrities for requiring absentee voters to use state-issued ID’s to verify their identity when requesting a ballot, restricts early voting hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., makes weekend hours optional, limits the use of drop boxes, and condenses runoff reelections from nine to four weeks.
“As a Georgia resident and business owner I’ve been here a few times with the anti-abortion bill and the LGBTQ discrimination bill,” Perry, who owns a giant Atlanta film studio, remarked in a statement. “They all sent a shockwave through Georgia and the nation but none of them managed to succeed. I’m resting my hope in the DOJ taking a hard look at this unconstitutional voter suppression law that harkens to the Jim Crow era.”
He also encouraged his peers not to turn their backs on the state. “As some consider boycotting, please remember that we did turn Georgia blue and there is a gubernatorial race on the horizon — that’s the beauty of a democracy.”
“Indiana Jones” director James Mangold and “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill are calling for a boycott with the Twitter hashtag #NoMoreFilmingInGeorgia.
“I will not direct a film in Georgia,” Mangold tweeted. “Georgia has been using cash to steal movie jobs from other states that allow people to vote. I don’t want to play there. I’m not telling anyone else what to do.”
When asked about the director’s call to boycott the state, Hamill commented that he “absolutely” agreed with the motion.