Last week Stevie Wonder made news when the legendary singer announced that he would not play any shows in Florida as a form of protest against the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. The statute gained national attention after Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012 and the not guilty verdict in Zimmerman’s murder trial on July 13.
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Reports began circulating that other high-profile stars like Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Madonna, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Rihanna, and Usher were joining Wonder’s refusal to perform in Florida. The Huffington Post is now reporting that list of stars has been mostly discredited.
The story was first reported by American Urban Radio Networks’ White House correspondent April Ryan. In Ryan’s article she claimed that sources close to Stevie Wonder confirmed the list. According to HuffPost several of the performers representatives have stated off the record that their clients are not involved in the boycott.
Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and The Rolling Stones have been confirmed to not be participating. Justin Timberlake and Jay Z apparently have not committed to the boycott either. Sun Life Stadium, the venue for the Miami stop of their joint tour, issued a statement on its website yesterday saying, “the Legends of The Summer Stadium tour with Justin Timberlake and JAY Z will take place as planned.”
Ryan updated her original post on Tuesday:
I obtained from multiple sources early Monday a list of artists and entertainers who my sources told me had committed to a boycott of Florida following the George Zimmerman acquittal. Since publishing that list I have heard from several representatives of the artists named who say, on behalf of their clients, they are uncomfortable being identified on that list and are seeking additional information.
As of now the only acts on Ryan’s published list that have publicly announced that they will be boycotting the state of Florida are gospel group Mary Mary and soul singer Eddie Levert.