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Stevie Wonder Boycotting Florida Following Zimmerman Verdict (Video)

Posted by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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Stevie Wonder Boycotting Florida Following Zimmerman Verdict (Video)

Stevie Wonder at Obama Rally - H 2012
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Stevie Wonder performing last year.

The singer refuses to perform in the state until its Stand Your Ground law is "abolished."

Stevie Wonder won't be performing in Florida anytime soon.

In the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal, the singer said he would not be performing in the Sunshine State until its Stand Your Ground law is "abolished." He also said he would not be performing in any other state that recognizes the law, which some say contributed to Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.

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"I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder said Sunday while performing in Quebec City. "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."

Some have argued that the law played no role in the acquittal. However, The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates pointed out that it was cited in the jury instructions.

Meanwhile, Wonder also called for his fans' support of his boycott.

"The truth is that -- for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world -- we can’t bring them back," he said. "What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do." (Watch Wonder's full announcement below.)

Protests have broken out in major U.S. cities including New York and Los Angeles since the jury rendered its not-guilty verdict last week.

Recording artists including Beyonce, Young Jeezy, Wyclef Jean and Lil Scrappy have already paid tribute to Martin.

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by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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jadedcynic
by NerdyJen on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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I hate myself for thinking this, but honestly he could be there and never know.

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM
oh no, say it isn't so. I wonder if Florida will even notice.
muslimah
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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 I'm sure the state can continue to survive without him or his performances.

jllcali
by LoyalAndCute on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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Wah. I hope no one who said "don't like the law, do something to change it" don't complain about him doing this. If he's not a florida resident,it's really all he can do.
tscritch
by Silver Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

This made me chuckle.

Quoting jadedcynic:

I hate myself for thinking this, but honestly he could be there and never know.


tscritch
by Silver Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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I remember when AZ didn't make MLK a state holiday and he refused to go there or even fly over the state.

jadedcynic
by NerdyJen on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I felt bad even typing it.

Quoting tscritch:

This made me chuckle.

Quoting jadedcynic:

I hate myself for thinking this, but honestly he could be there and never know.



Heidi615
by New Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

 

ahahahaha me too!

Quoting tscritch:

This made me chuckle.

Quoting jadedcynic:

I hate myself for thinking this, but honestly he could be there and never know.



 

tscritch
by Silver Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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I felt bad for chuckling...but I did anyway lol

Quoting jadedcynic:

I felt bad even typing it.

Quoting tscritch:

This made me chuckle.

Quoting jadedcynic:

I hate myself for thinking this, but honestly he could be there and never know.




Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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Quoting jadedcynic:

I hate myself for thinking this, but honestly he could be there and never know.

because he's blind and anyone and everyone who's a part of his tour could lie to him. oy vey

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