Celebs Boycotting Florida Over Zimmerman Verdict
A whole slew reportedly joining Stevie Wonder
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2013 9:48 AM CDT
Madonna attends the world premiere of "Madonna: The MDNA Tour" at the Paris Theatre on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Because really, who hasn't been tempted to boycott the Sunshine State in its entirety? Stevie Wonder started it last week, when he announced he was done with Florida in protest of George Zimmerman's acquittal and the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. Until the law is "abolished ... I will never perform there again," and that goes for any state that has a similar law, he said, according to NBC News. Now more celebrities are joining the boycott, sources close to Wonder tell April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks. Her list includes such big names as Madonna, Usher, Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Jay Z, the Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, and Rihanna, but other outlets have conflicting reports.

For example, WPLG Miami reports that a planned Jay Z-Justin Timberlake concert is still happening in the state on August 16, citing an executive affiliated with the tour, and a source tells the Huffington Post that Rihanna is not participating in the boycott. But even if all those big names are getting on board, will it make a difference? Check out The Week for the answer.

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Aug 4, 2013 1:17 PM CDT
Who cares if celebrities boycott Florida! Florida definitely isn't going to miss any of them. They think they're so important that the world will fall apart without them, but they're wrong. Nobody cares! They think they're going to make this huge difference, and that Florida, in absolute panic at not having some arrogant celebrity visit their state, will cave in and change the law. Wrong! Hey Stevie Wonder and the rest of you self-absorbed egotists, why aren't you boycotting ALL the states with a SYG law? Oh! I know why!! You'd be hurting your own bank account wouldn't you? Aren't there 27 other states with SYG laws? Get over yourselves "celebrities." You just aren't as special as you think you are!!.
Aug 2, 2013 3:40 AM CDT
I like Stevie Wonder. The Stones and Rod Stewart are okay. But if I don't ever see them in concert again it will be no big deal to me. If I'm living in Florida I really couldn't care less about what they do or don't do. As for the rest? Really? I wouldn't cross the street to see any of them. Even if they were playing a pro bono concert.
Jul 31, 2013 8:56 AM CDT
Fine, go to Detroit. There's a huge audience there that loves your racist hate dribble. And I'm sure they can afford your tickets. These people do nothing to inhance race relations. They reinforce and promote hate. As far as their concerned all their trials and tribulations can be traced to only one source. The whity.