Hollywood celebrities are threatening to boycott Southwest Airlines for failing to talk about a new Texas election integrity law.
“.@SouthwestAir Will you speak out against the Texas State Legislature Voter Suppression Bill # SB7? “Actress Piper Perabo tweeted in response to a post from former DNC chairman Howard Dean.” I spend my money with companies that support voting rights. “
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“.@SouthwestAir we are waiting for you to condemn the #Texas Voters Suppression Bill # SB7actress Debra Messing tweeted to the Texas-based airline in response to Perabo’s tweet. # companies responsible for their silent support for the anti #the democracy laws. Please speak now. Otherwise, I will no longer use my consumption dollars on #South West.“
The call to boycott Southwest Airlines comes days after American Airlines, also based in Texas, publicly slammed Texas Election Law passed by the State Senate last week which aims to combat electoral fraud and strengthen guarantees on the postal voting process.
“We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it,” the airline said in a statement. “Any legislation relating to the conduct of the elections must guarantee the integrity and security of the ballot while facilitating the vote, not more difficult,” the statement continued. “At American, we believe we need to remove barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion in our society – not create them. “
Prominent Democrats across the country echoed a similar sentiment, including President Joe Biden, who Said he was supporting Major League Baseball by moving their all-star game out of Georgia in response to a similar electoral law. Major League Baseball followed Biden’s direction a day later and announced that the game will not be played in Peach State.
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“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports the right to vote for all Americans and opposes ballot restrictions,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities across our country to fulfill their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Equitable access to the vote continues to enjoy the unwavering support of our game. “
The league announced Tuesday that the game will instead be played at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.