Michael Moore Takes on 'Murderous Georgia' With Boycott
Filmmaker also reveals why Time magazine dropped him as person of the year in 2004.
Michael Moore is taking on the "murderous" state of Georgia with a call for a boycott and a donation to the Innocence Project, a public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongly accused defendants.
The Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine director targeted the southern state after it executed Troy Davis last week for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Moore was among the high-profile names (Natalie Maines, Big Boi, and Kimora Lee Simmons) arguing there was "too much doubt" in the case to put Davis to death.
Moore wrote on his website, "I encourage everyone I know to never travel to Georgia, never buy anything made in Georgia, to never do business in Georgia.
"I will ask my publisher to pull my book from every Georgia bookstore and if they won't do that I will donate every dime of every royalty my book makes in Georgia to help defeat the racists and killers who run that state.
"I ask all Americans with a conscience to shun anything and everything to do with the murderous state of Georgia."
Moore's new book, Here Comes Trouble, is a collection of short stories. Moore requested that its publisher, Grand Central Publishing, pull the work from Georgia bookshelves but was denied. Because of that, Moore told Keith Olbermann he'd take a more grass roots approach, "They can't recall the books. So I am going to go to the next step then. I'm going to write a big check to the Innocence Project."
Moore also vowed to fund voter drives in Georgia "to register our fellow Americans who are African-Americans, so that they have a chance to have their voice heard. This has got to be stopped."
On another Moore note, the filmmaker recently revealed that he almost shared the cover of Time magazine's person of the year issue with Mel Gibson in 2004 for the releases of Passion of the Christ and Fahrenheit 9/11, but was replaced by George W. Bush after Gibson pulled out of the photo shoot.