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Ryan Coogler Pens Letter Denouncing Georgia's New Voting Law

The director explained his decision in an open letter.

4/20/2021 3:19:00 AM

Ryan Coogler is keeping the upcoming production of the BlackPanther sequel in Georgia.

The director explained his decision in an open letter.

, explaining that he won't be moving production and will instead 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 as I return to Georgia, a state that holds a special place in my heart," Coogler writes."While I wished to turn my concern into action, I could not do so without first being educated on the specifics 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 film, including all the local vendors and businesses we engage, are the very same people who will bear the brunt of SB202. For those reasons, I will not be engaging in a boycott of Georgia. What I will be doing is using my voice to emphasize the effects of SB202, its shameful roots in Jim Crow, and doing all I can to support organizations fighting voter suppression here in the state."

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Coogler is one of the few directors to openly stand against the state's voting law while continuing to film there. Since the law passed, Hollywood studios and talent have been , getting the hashtag #NoMoreFilmingInGeorgia trending. Most recently, Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua announced that their upcoming film, 

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