UPDATE (12:00pm): In order to protest the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law that the State Of Florida has, Stevie Wonder has apparently rounded a group of his fellow celebrity-artist-friends to boycott Florida (that includes us in Miami obviously) by not performing in the state until the law is repealed. The list includes Jay-Z and Kanye West to name a few. This is obviously stemming from the result of the George Zimmerman verdict and him killing Trayvon Martin in an act of what Zimmerman called “self defense”. Although NOTHING is confirmed via the actual artists themselves, it reads:
Started by music icon Stevie Wonder earlier this month, the number of artists getting involved has reportedly sprouted overnight.
Artists joining Wonder reportedly include Rod Stewart, Madonna, Usher, and Justin Timberlake. Rappers Jay Z, Kanye West, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy and Wale have also signed on to the boycott threat, as have pop acts like R. Kelly, Rihanna, and Alicia Keys. Wonder announced his intended boycott the day after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder charges stemming from the death of Trayvon Martin. “I decided today that until the ‘stand your ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” he said. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.” (The Hill)
A full list of artists reportedly not performing in Florida has surfaced.
A source close to Stevie Wonder confirms a list of artist joining him in support of a change of in the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida. Some of the artists have even cancelled concerts in Florida after recent events. Stevie Wonder last week, at a concert in Canada said he would not play in Florida until they changed The Stand your Ground Law. A list of celebrities has joined his call: Mary Mary Eddie Levert Rod Stewart Madonna Usher Pattie Labelle Kanye West Mary J Trey Songz Jay Z Rolling Stones Justin Timberlake R. Kelly Rihanna Alicia Keys Joe Will I AM Keyshia Cole Young Jeezy Erykah Badu Wale Frankie Beverly Parliament – SOHH
While, the verdict is definitely upsetting news to a lot of people (including us here at The305.com), to boycott an entire state of venues, concert halls and businesses is counter-productive and most importantly, you’re doing a disservice to your fans first and foremost. So while we do encourage change, this isn’t the way to do it. And there are tons of other states with similar laws, so to pinpoint this directly to Florida is a bit incomplete if you’re really trying to make a point. Plus, we’re pretty sure that most of those artists will continue to come partying and hosting gigs at all the nightclubs so, let’s see how this turns out and how truthful the list really is.