In response to the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, controversial filmmaker and writer Michael Moore has tried – and failed – to withdraw copies of his textbook from the state.
He wrote on his blog that he “will inquiry my publisher to pull my textbook from every Georgia bookstore and if they won’t do that I will donate every dime of every royalty my textbook makes in Georgia to aid defeat the racists and killers who run that state.”
However, he told Contemporary TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann that his publisher Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Textbook Collection, “just told me that they can’t. They can’t recall the books. So I am going to go to the following step then. I’m going to inscribe a huge check to the Innocence Project, who have gotten hundreds of human beings exonerated who were sitting in prisons […] I’m also going to fund […] voter drives in Georgia – there’s 600,000 African-Americans in the at the end election that were not registered to ballot. I will get behind whatever propel there is 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.”
A spokesman for Georgia’s governor, Nathan Deal, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “We reckon it’s cute that he thinks anyone in Georgia would acquire his textbook, however if any Georgian does, I’m pleased to double the royalties and acquire a pack of gum for a charity of Michael Moore’s choice.”
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