Alyssa Milano among Hollywood stars threatening film boycott in Georgia over Stacey Abrams loss

Stacey Abrams may have lost the governor’s race in Georgia, but the effects are being felt all over the country. On the opposite coast, Hollywood stars are calling for a film boycott in the state over the election results, but Abrams has made it clear that’s not something she wants. (Instead, she said she’ll file a federal lawsuit over the “gross mismanagement of Georgia’s election system.”)

Alyssa Milano (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Alyssa Milano (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

After Abrams — who was backed by many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey — acknowledged on Friday that her Republican opponent Brian Kemp would be declared the state’s next governor, some stars threatened to no longer work there due to the claims of corruption. Alyssa Milano, Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman and The West Wing’s Bradley Whitford were among them.

However, soon after #boycottgeorgia started trending over the weekend, so did #WeAreGeorgia, where those who would be affected spoke out against it. For instance:

Many others in the entertainment industry also spoke out about how it would directly hurt them.

For the record, Abrams has forcefully stated that she doesn’t support a boycott and has been pretty clear about that. “The hard-working Georgians who serve on crews & make a living here are not to blame,” she wrote on Twitter. “I promise: We will fight — and we will win.”

That got some to change their minds, including Veep producer Frank Rich.

While Milano didn’t walk back her boycott threat, she did silence a critic asking if she’s even in the entertainment business anymore. Her response was approved by her peers.

Abrams, who received the endorsement of Barack Obama, accused her opponent of voter suppression during their battle. However, she trailed him by about 54,000 votes (out of 3.9 million total) and acknowledged Friday in her fiery speech that the former secretary of state would be certified as Georgia governor. “Georgia citizens tried to exercise their constitutional rights and were still denied the ability to elect their leaders,” she told the crowd. Under the watch of the now former secretary of state, democracy failed Georgians of every political party, every race, every region.”

On two different interviews on Sunday, Abrams spoke out about the election — and refused to call Kemp the “legitimate” winner, allowing he’s the “legal” one.

“He is the legal governor of Georgia,” Abrams said to CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I want to be very clear. Words have meaning. And I have spent my lifetime not only as an attorney but as a writer. And I’m very careful with the words I choose. And, yes, when he takes the oath of office, he will be the legal governor of the state of Georgia. He is the legal victor. But what you are looking for me to say is that there was no compromise of our democracy and that there should be some political compromise in the language I use. And that’s not right. What’s not right is saying that something was done properly, when it was not. I will never deny … the legal imprimatur that says that he is in this position. And I pray for his success. But will I say that this election was not tainted, was not a disinvestment and a disenfranchisement of thousands of voters? I will not say that.”

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