Ryan Coogler Says Moving Filming of ‘Black Panther 2’ Out of Georgia Will Affect Small Business
Black Panther 2 is staying in Georgia.
Ryan Coogler has refused to move Black Panther production from Georgia in midst of the new voting laws. The laws have targeted and put in place to restrict African Americans and minorities from voting.
Ryan Coogler released a statement in regards to the matter:
The fight for full enfranchisement is fundamental to the African-American struggle in this country and to this country’s claim to functioning democracy. 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. I lived in Atlanta for eight months while filming my last movie. I have long looked forward to returning. But, when I was informed of the passage of SB202 in the state, and its ramifications for the state’s voters, I was profoundly disappointed.
For those reasons, I will not be engaging in a boycott of Georgia. Our film is staying in Georgia. Additionally, I have made a personal commitment to raise awareness about ways to help overturn this harmful bill.
Earlier in the month, Major League Baseball decided to move the 2021 All-Star Game from the state. They have since renege on their decision and the game will be played in Atlanta.