Eight Republican state legislators from Georgia have decided to cancel Coca-Cola products at their offices, citing its ‘cancel culture’ after its CEO criticized Georgia’s new election law.
These lawmakers signed a letter on Saturday, April 3, denouncing the Atlanta-based beverage giant for misleading the Georgia citizens and deepening a divide in the state.
“Upon the passage of the ‘Election Integrity Act of 2021,’ your company has made the conscious decision to perpetuate a national dialogue which seeks to intentionally mislead the citizens of Georgia and deepen a divide in our great state,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter.
“We have the responsibility to all of Georgia to not engage in those misguided intentions nor continue to support corporations who choose to,” they added. “SB 202 expands early voting opportunities, provides a pathway to ensure shorter voting lines, secures the use of drop boxes which otherwise would be illegal, as well as several other provisions allowing all Georgians greater access to fast, secure, and transparent elections.”
The new law in Georgia, signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, requires an ID to get an absentee ballot, limit the number of ballot drop boxes, shortens the period in which a Georgia resident can apply for a mail-in ballot.
In response to the newly enacted law, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey, in an interview with CNBC last Wednesday, slammed the law as “unacceptable,” “wrong,” and “a step backward.” He said that “we will continue to advocate” against the new laws “both privately and publicly.”
Quincey’s remarks sparked a massive backlash against Coca-Cola, with celebrities and thousands of consumers condemning the executive’s remarks.
In their explanation, the Georgia Republican state legislators said they had once celebrated the beverage giant as one of the state’s most successful companies. But “Given Coke’s decision to cave in to pressure from an out of control cancel culture, we respectfully request all Coca-Cola Company products be removed from our office suite immediately.”
“Should Coke choose to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in the dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship,” they stated.
Some Georgia Republican state legislators are removing @CocaCola products from their statehouse offices after the Atlanta-based beverage giant criticized the new elections law. #gapolpic.twitter.com/leojXBGQAM
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 3, 2021
These eight lawmakers include Victor Anderson, Clint Crowe, Matt Barton, Jason Ridley, Lauren McDonald III, Stan Gunter, Dewayne Hill, and Marcus Wiedower.