A virtual Hollywood who’s who – including George Clooney, Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson – add their names to an open letter condemning voting restrictions, published following the signing controversial electoral law in Georgia.
The letter published Wednesday was published in the Washington Post, The New York Times and other newspapers as a full two-page advertisement.
“We defend democracy,” read the message in bold type.
“As Americans, we know that in our democracy, we shouldn’t expect to agree on everything,” the letter said.
“However, regardless of our political affiliations, we believe that the very foundation of our electoral process rests on the ability of each of us to vote for the candidates of our choice.”
“We should all feel responsible for standing up for the right to vote and opposing any discriminatory legislation or measure that restricts or prevents any eligible voter from having an equal and fair chance to vote,” the letter said.
“The vote is the cornerstone of our democracy and we call on all Americans to join us in taking a non-partisan stand for this most basic and fundamental right of all Americans.”
The letter was also signed by hundreds of major companies and senior executives, including Target, Google, Amazon and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.
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WE ARE FOR DEMOCRACY – Hundreds of companies and leaders sign this letter to oppose “any discriminatory legislation”. The ad appeared in the NYT and @washingtonpost today. w / @andrewrsorkin https://t.co/TSPtxjkWhR pic.twitter.com/bAtS8SyseB
– David Gelles (@dgelles) April 14, 2021
Hundreds of CEOs and more than 110 companies pledge to oppose voting restrictions. An ad spanning 2 full pages in today’s New York Times and Washington Post read, “For American democracy to work for each of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us.” pic.twitter.com/fswgnithRm
– Kevin Bohn (@KevinBohn) April 14, 2021
The high-profile letter comes after the governor of Georgia. Brian kempBrian Kemp Ratings Drop With GOP Trump Examines Attacks On Republican Leaders Will Smith Shifting Production Of New Film Out Of Georgia Due To Election Law READ MORE (R) signed a Republican-backed law last month that includes more identification requirements for absent voters, limits drop boxes and seeks to ban anyone other than poll workers from donating food or water to Georgians lining up to vote.
Democrats and voting rights advocates have argued that the law amounts to removing minority voters.
Earlier this week, Will Smith announced that he and Antoine Fuqua, the director of his upcoming project, “Emancipation,” would be moving production of the film out of Georgia to protest the new law.
“We cannot in good conscience give economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws designed to restrict voter access,” Smith and Fuqua said in a joint statement.
Several other GOP-led states, including Texas, have advanced or are considering further voting reforms following the 2020 election.