Ryan Coogler Confused on GA Voting Law, Black Panther Stays in Peach State

Talk about “having your cake and eating it too”.


In an op-ed published by Shadow and Act, the film’s director Ryan Coogler says that the Marvel film will move forward with its plans to shoot in the Peach State this summer. The law has drawn widespread criticism for the way it enacts strict new ID requirements for absentee ballots, curtails the use of drop boxes and makes it a crime to give water and food to those waiting in line to vote. President Joe Biden has called it “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”



Unfortunately, Coogler is either lying or like many ignorant people, has been sold a “bill of goods” by the Democrat party. Georgia’s new voting reform law contains simple, commonsense measures, most of which — and this will shock you if your understanding of the law comes from CNN or President Joe Biden — will make it easier for people to vote. Some of its provisions rightly protect the voting process from the (very real) risk of fraud, a risk that grows as more votes are cast by mail.


But for the Hollywood Left, Georgia has long been a truth-free zone, and Democrats have found this arrangement agreeable. This talking point about “making it a crime to give water and food to those waiting in line” is especially silly. He’s obviously referring to the new provision that bars political campaigners from bribing voters with money, food, water, etc., within 150 feet of a polling place. This provision is already the law in many states, including New York. So the fact is that liberals are not suddenly outraged by it. The outrage is entirely manufactured and disingenuous. Election workers and community volunteers will still be permitted to distribute food and water to voters in line.

In his piece, Coogler condemned the law, which was signed by Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp at the end of March. “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,” he wrote. Coogler learned of the bill, named SB202, just as he was about to head back to Georgia to shoot Black Panther II. “When I was informed of the passage of SB202 in the state, and its ramifications for the state’s voters, I was profoundly disappointed.”

The director explained that while he wanted to turn his disappointment into action, presumably by boycotting the state as some others have called for, he realized by speaking to local voting rights activists in Georgia that pulling business from the state would likely only hurt the very same people who will be most hurt by the new law. It’s a point that’s been made by multiple leaders in the state, including Stacey Abrams and Senator Jon Osoff, as well as several members of the local film community. “For those reasons, I will not be engaging in a boycott of Georgia,” Coogler writes. “Our film is staying in Georgia.”

Instead, he plans to use his influence to support organizations in the state that are working the hardest to fight voter suppression, making a donation to Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Action. “I have made a personal commitment to raise awareness about ways to help overturn this harmful bill, and continue to get educated on this matter from people on the ground,” he continues. “I will encourage everyone working with me to tap in with the local community directly affected by Senate Bill 202 and to leverage their influence and resources to aid in the fight for this particular and essential pillar of democracy.”


He could start by raising awareness how the laws are exactly the same in Colorado, New York, and several other Democrat led states. Georgia lawmakers have done the right thing and should stick to their guns and defend their law against all these lies and any legal challenges that arise. How about you shut up about things you know nothing about and make your movies? 

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Karina Smitt

I'm not as much of a "CoMiCs NeEd MoAr DiVeRsItY & iNcLuSiOn" advocate as my girlfriend often is, but we both love funny books, crispy bacon, straight bourbon and hip hop. Add yet, we never vote the same, so we cancel each other out... and that works perfectly in my book!