Budget day in one of Canada’s smallest provinces doesn’t usually grab the attention of the entertainment industry’s elite but some big names are speaking up on behalf of a little province they care a lot about—and for a good reason.
Everyone from Snoop Dogg to Ellen Page and Carrot Top in between is paying attention to a recent move made by Nova Scotia’s Liberal government to cut funding to the province’s film industry by dramatically reducing the Film Industry Tax Credit. This could mean thousands of lost jobs—and not just in the industry.
The #SaveSunnyvale campaign launched by The Trailer Park Boys, who are able to film their hit show in Nova Scotia because of the credit, has picked up steam on social media with lots of other stars weighing in—both the obvious ones…
I wouldn’t have a career without the incredible Nova Scotia film industry and the opportunities it gave me.
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) April 16, 2015
As well as the not-so-obvious…
And then there are the ones you may not have thought about in a while. Remember this guy?
— Carrot Top (@RealCarrotTop) April 3, 2015
Even Axl Rose got in on the social media game, which is big news because the Guns N’ Roses frontman doesn’t tweet all that often (although he should—his Twitter profile picture is awesome).
Signing online petitions and directing angry tweets at the government? Guys, stars really are just like us. Jokes aside though, it’s no wonder so many people in the entertainment industry are concerned. Yes, film types in the province may find themselves out of work, but the effects are far-reaching: hotels, restaurants, and retailers will all take a hit if the cut doesn’t receive a reconsideration. That’s the message the stars hope to get across by petitioning the Liberals—and when Captain Kirk himself beams down a missive, we recommend that they pay attention.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 15, 2015