Marietta Business Owners Say Oprah-Produced “Selma” Filming Hurt Business

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Marietta Business Owners Say Oprah-Produced “Selma” Filming Hurt Business

Business owners in downtown Marietta, Ga., are upset over the filming of  Oprah Winfrey-produced “Selma.” They aren’t upset over the film, but are fuming over street closures, which they say have impacted their bottom line.

Phillip Duke, who owns the Lucky Draw tattoo shop, told the AJC, “They offered us $200 to shut down for the whole period. We’re like, are you crazy? We’ve got to pay the rent.”

A publicist for “Selma” told the AJC that the project was “trying to be super sensitive to the local businesses” and have been also working with the local film commission to ensure no disruption is caused.

“Selma” producer Jeremy Kleiner said “It is extraordinarily humbling to be here in Georgia, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., for the purpose of portraying, on film, the story of the courageous individuals who waged a historical battle – that is of course also a present-day battle – for the inexorably linked causes of social justice and civil rights.”

[H/T AJC]

 

 Marietta Business Owners Say Oprah Produced Selma Filming Hurt Business
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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.
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    [quote]that is of course also a present-day battle – for the inexorably linked causes of social justice and civil rights.”[/quote]

    It is my prediction that the same “Arc Of The Universe” that points toward JUSTICE will make note of how effectively Rep John Lewis – an ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE who has large swaths of under-developed people in his district was able to point to the time he got beat up on a bridge in Selma AL – as a means of stunting any criticism of him as an ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE – as researchers notice how many people in his district get assaulted but are never seen as “worthy historic figures”, their assault never get mentioned beyond the 6pm news.