Stacey Abrams urged the entertainment industry not to pull film and TV production in Georgia to protest her loss in the state’s governor race.
Abrams was responding to a number of Hollywood notables calling for the industry to boycott production in Georgia if Brian Kemp won the race for the state’s governor seat. Kemp was declared the winner on Nov. 17.
“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,” she tweeted Saturday.
Responding Saturday to “Veep” and “Succession” executive producer Frank Rich’s pre-election tweet calling for Hollywood to “put its money where its mouth is,” Abrams wrote:
“Thank you @frankrichny – but the Georgians who make a living & take care of their families through entertainment are not to blame for the gross mismanagement of our democracy here in Georgia. We will hold folks accountable. Please lift up #FairFightGA as the call to action.”
The race between Abrams and former Georgia secretary of state Kemp was too close to call on election night on Nov. 6. Abrams pushed for a runoff, which would have taken place on Dec. 4.
Per Georgia law, a runoff would be automatically triggered if neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote.
On Friday, Abrams announced that she was ending her challenge against Kemp but refused to concede, saying that voter suppression helped him win.