Jay Z, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake have joined a growing list of artists refusing to perform in Florida in boycott of the state’s Stand Your Ground law, which has been a controversial topic since the George Zimmerman trial.
The Stand Your Ground law permits a person to use lethal force against another person if they fear they are in danger of great bodily injury.
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Motown superstar Stevie Wonder began the movement
when he announced the day after Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin that he refuses to return to the Sunshine State for concerts.
“I decided today that until the stand your ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder 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.”
Celebrities who have joined Wonder's boycott include Madonna, Rod Stewart, Usher, and the Rolling Stones, according to AprilDRyan.com.
Reactions from social networkers have been mixed.
“The Miami Heat should boycott Florida by not winning another Championship,” quipped Ronald C. Herd II, who goes by the Twitter handle @weallbe.
“Keep it going!” tweeted Preston VandanBosch, who uses the moniker @MrLiveAndDirect.
“I just wish all liberals would boycott and leave Florida forever,” tweeted @ChrisLoesch.
“AWESOME! Please stay away from our state,” tweeted Rick Bethem, who uses the handle @Naples_Photog.
Meanwhile, local station KPBS is reporting
that California Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden, a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus, is drafting a resolution to discourage state businesses and tourists from going to Florida until it repeals its Stand Your Ground law.
Black political leaders are split on the issue of a Florida boycott, according to The Washington Times.
“I think that many of us understand that sometimes when we call for those kind of economic boycotts, the impact on some of our communities can really be tremendous, and so I want to examine that first," Maryland congresswoman Donna F. Edwards said on Fox News Sunday.
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