Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams lost the Georgia governor’s race to Republican Brian Kemp, and now, in typical Hollywood fashion, many celebs are calling for a boycott of the entire state.
Alyssa Milano, Ron Perlman, Brad Whitford, and Steven Pasquale are among those who agree with Abrams's accusation that the election was somehow illegitimate.
There are over 20 productions shooting in Georgia.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 17, 2018
Is the entertainment industry willing to support the economy of a totally corrupt state that suppresses democracy; where the winner isn’t the best choice for the people but the best schemer or crook?
To all my friends who are studio and network executives, if you choose to shoot movies and tv in Georgia, don’t bother to call me. https://t.co/gtIKNJBhNF— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) November 17, 2018
Brian Kemp is a corrupt, homophobic, unapologetic disenfranchiser of African American voters. If he seizes power, Hollywood needs to use it’s leverage and pull out of Georgia. Studios need to put their money where their mouth is and stand up to hate. #boycottgeorgia— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) November 8, 2018
In admitting defeat, Abrams said she was not giving a "concession" speech because that would've acknowledged "an action is right, true, or proper."
Abrams later said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper that there was deliberate interference in the election and refused to acknowledge Kemp as the legitimate governor elect.
Jake Tapper: “Do you think there was deliberate interference in the election?”— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 18, 2018
Stacey Abrams says without evidence: “Yes … There was a deliberate and intentional disinvestment and I think destruction of the admin of elections in the state of Georgia.” pic.twitter.com/82Ei36LYRm
Abrams did respond to the Hollywood crowd calling for a boycott of the state, urging them that that course of action would be misguided.
I appreciate the calls to action, but I ask all of our entertainment industry friends to support #FairFightGA - but please do not #boycottgeorgia. The hard-working Georgians who serve on crews & make a living here are not to blame. I promise: We will fight - and we will win.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 18, 2018