ViacomCBS the primary major show business corporation to obviously condemn the restrictive bill, which President Joe Biden has called “Jim Crow within the 21st Century.” the corporate released a press release on Twitter Thursday morning.
“We unequivocally believe the importance of all Americans having an equal right to vote and oppose the recent Georgia voting rights law or any effort that impedes the power to exercise this vital constitutional right,” stated ViacomCBS in condemning the law.
“Increasing voter access and civic engagement is one among ViacomCBS’ core social impact pillars and that we will still educate the general public on the importance of an open and fair electoral system through our programming and extensive partnerships with grassroots organizations that promote and increase participation in elections,” read the ViacomCBS statement.
A WarnerMedia spokesperson says that parent company AT&T’s statement speaks for them: “AT&T believes our right to vote is among the foremost sacrosanct we enjoy, which market economy and corporations like ours thrive where elections are open and secure. according to that belief, we are working with other companies that are members of the Georgia Chamber and Metro-Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, as those organizations support policies that promote accessible and secure voting while also upholding election integrity and transparency.”
Neither company, however, involved a boycott of the state, which Ford v. Ferrari filmmaker James Mangold and Star Wars actor Mark Hamill have done. Whether companies should pull business from Georgia remains a topic of much debate. Though Stacey Abrams has yet to weigh in on boycotting as a way of protesting this law, she has discouraged it within the past, writing within the l. a. Times that she did “not believe it’s the foremost effective, strategic choice for change.”
In addition, Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice King wrote on Twitter: “Please stop the #BoycottGeorgia talk. that might hurt bourgeoisie workers and other people grappling with poverty. And it might increase the harm of both racism and classism.”
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