Hell No We Won’t Go: Artists Boycotting Florida Increases As JT, Rihanna And More Reportedly Take Stand

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July 23, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

Artists boycotting Florida

According to D.C. publication The Hill, the list of of artists joining Stevie Wonder in boycotting Florida over the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws is growing, and doing so fast. After George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Travyon Martin, at a concert soon after, Wonder announced his boycott of that state and other states with “Stand Your Ground” until these laws are struck down:

“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. 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 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. 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.”
As for what places that do “Stand Your Ground,” that’s actually a good number of states, as many have Stand Your Ground-type laws (including popular places for tourism like Texas and Louisiana). But as of right now, artists are sticking with Florida. Musicians going Wonder’s way reportedly (according to The Hill, Us and American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan) include Madonna, Rod Stewart, Usher, the Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy, R. Kelly, Rihanna, and Alicia Keys. We’ll see if they’ll actually follow through and cancel shows.
Some individuals on blogs have said that they think boycotting will only hurt fans in Florida. Could enough of a dip in profit from concerts and performances in the state actually have enough of an impact to push those in power in Florida to repeal “Stand Your Ground” laws? You tell us below.

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  • Rodney Gates

    you aren’t boycotting if you haven’t cancelled a booked show, so far we are just seeing people say they won’t book a show. Don’t you at least have to be asked then say no for it to be a boycott? Of course think about who that is really hurting? Who works these venues and surrounding hotel and restaurants? Who cleans up these venues and hotels and restaurants. Who works the parking gate at these events? so go ahead with our thought process you aren’t hurting “Florida” we get plenty of international visits you are only hurting your own.Oh and be sure to boycott the other 20 states with stand your ground laws. No more shows in New Orleans? ummm I don’t think

  • Jack_Kennedy

    having trouble with YOUR lack of INTELLECTUAL HONESTY, I see

  • GOD BLESS AMERICA

    You know what BOYCOTT Florida we don’t need these over priced concerts any ways. People need to move on the man was found innocent , like other people have said. Go protest Chicago where black teens our being shot by other blacks. Go help them not fear for there life’s every time they walk out of there house. .

  • Philip with 1l

    Some just don’t understand what they are getting themselves into when they choose to “boycott” Florida. First of all, if they were smart enough to read, or understand the courts verdict or respect this countrys legal system, they may look differently at what the “stand your ground” law could mean to them if they became the victim. Further, we in Florida are going to boycott all the actors, movies, commercials that are associated with the so called “artists” that are boycotting Florida. To take it to another step, I cannot think of anyone here in Florida that wants any of the mentioned artists here. We have a lot of talent in Florida who can out perform them any day of the week; so, baycotting artists, stay where ever you are. We, in Florida don’t want or need you. And as for Stevie Wonder, Who’s he! a wannabe singer that never quite made it anywhere.

    • KeepingItReal

      Florida is a wasteland. That was a racist jury that believes murdering unarmed black children isn’t a crime. It’s called jury nullification. I’ll never vacation in Florida. It has happened to black victims of crimes committed by whites for centuries.

      • Jack_Kennedy

        so intellectual honesty is NOT your friend …………….. typical of a traythugbot

        dishonesty about that “11 year old child” that dared to assault that evil neighborhood watchman

  • MehWHOCARES

    Great news. Please boycott California while you are at it. This music sucks tiddays. African American music is crap music. Kanye is super garbage.

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  • bbb

    Here we go, from united we stand do divided we stand.

    • Jack_Kennedy

      obama doing his part

  • rhett

    Oh…one more thing , did you guys hear about the kid who got kid knapped and was burnt to death with a blow torch? prob not because this is a gun control stint by the media and liberal government.

  • rhett

    what makes me sick is that all you idiots who think boycotting a state is ok…or that gun control is the answer…. More people die every year from drunk driving then gun violence. Infact its more then double. so why don’t you guys boycott states that only give dui/dwi violators a slap on the wrist? If someone shoots at someone and doesn’t hit them its attempted murder, you get a dui/dwi you get a fine. The difference is owning a gun is a right and driving a car is a privilege. But who cares because more then half of you will probably get drunk this weekend and drive….if you hit someone……ooops!

  • Freeordie

    Look up this article
    “Blacks benefit from Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at disproportionate rate”
    Blacks are more likely to be found innocent and whites to be victims under the
    Stand your Ground statute in Florida than any other groups
    Its illogical for black people to want Stand your ground repealed, its a
    law that benefits them and it wasn’t even used in the Zimmerman trial as a defense
    Boycotting Florida for Stand your Ground DOESN”T MAKE ANY SENSE

  • enlightenment

    Finally! Celebrities using their platform and their clout to make a change in America! I hope they stick to it.

  • That’s My story

    I am wondering when anyone is going to mention the history behind boycotting!! Our people did it in the 50’s for the right for equality, they did it in the 70’s to fight against aparthied, and African American artists such as Ray Charles did it for moral justifications (Georgia) and the fight against playing the “Chitterling Circiut” When other artists (white) were playing any and everywhere. The fact that someone would give up the opportunity to make a few million dollars, and lose his or her credibility with his or her fans is to be honored, and respected. They are doing this for “OUR” children, and all some can do is find the negativity in it all!!!

    • Jack_Kennedy

      and all because of the traythugbots lack of ……………… INTELLECTUAL HONESTY

      you know ……… the lack of honesty about that “11 year old” child that assaulted the volunteer watchman

      but, its ok, the traythugbots just get to keep hurting themselves………….cuz they REFUSE to acknowledge the truth/reality/facts

      at least one bus driver sleeps better these days………… now that the “no limit ni99a” is neutralized

  • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

    Good for them, Florida is one effed up a** backwards state when it comes to the legal system.

    • A

      That’s fine Natasha, but Floridians who both agree and disagree with you have to pay because of things that are just as much in our control as yours?! Boycotting Florida isn’t gonna change anything, it’s just gonna piss off music fans. FLORIDIANS aren’t the freaking problem, we weren’t ALL on the Zimmerman Jury so to classify or punish all of us as ONE PERSON is ignorant as hell and STUPID. It’s a stereotype against Floridians now…aren’t classifications such as Floridians are all the same the very cause we as a country are fighting against. Don’t divide us just because of our geographical location! GEEZUS

      • Tiffany Shaw

        It’s about more than the Zimmerman case. It’s about Voter Suppression, It’s about The stand your ground law, It’s about casey anthony, it’s about stealing elections. For the last decade FLORIDA has been on the decline. We have no concern for our citizens. And while the boycott may be hard on us residents sometimes you have to make the hard choices. I am a resident of florida and I don’t anything will change without a nationwide boycott.

        • FeDuP

          A couple of cancelled shows isn’t going to change anything. Boycotts are relatively ineffective when they’re irrelevant to the cause. If they really want to make a difference they can start a non for profit or foundation RELATED TO this cause to spread awareness instead of taking the lazy way out. Supporting a boycott isn’t going to change anythig either bc at the end of the day people are just sitting on their a$$es not doing anything about it saying “yeah! what they said!” It’s not about voter suppression and stealing votes, and idk where you heard that or where you get your political information, but I would quesion the credibility of your news sources.

  • sdm17

    Actually this has been reported by several top leading papers. What happened was ridiculous and I’m glad these artists are taking a stand and hitting Florida where it hurts (meaning financially). Hope beyonce takes a stand with her husband and cancels too.

    • Popeye

      Will Beyonce boycott her home state of Texas too? We “Stand our ground” over here too.

      • Guesty

        Bey just had her concert in Houston last weekend. TX stand your ground law makes a little more sense. It says something along the lines of you can stand your ground as long as you are lawfully there and do not provoke the altercation. A white man in TX shot his neighbor and another person after an argument about loud music, claiming self defense and Stand Your Ground. He was dumb enough to videotape it. He baited the guy into attacking him and then shot. He was convicted of murder.

  • A

    How about boycotting Detroit until there’s less gang violence? No boycott Florida because of some over glamorized story you ignorant pieces of sh*t. Yeah don’t tour in FL until people can no longer defend themselves from getting their faces bashed in cement.

    • Cooltruth

      You’re the ignorant piece of sh*t. Zimmerman murdered that boy. He created a situtiona where he shot an unarmed child. How do you cry self defense when YOU choose to get out of a car and follow and chase down a person becuase you suspect they don’t belong in YOUR neighborhood. Comparing gang violence to the racially motivated shooting of this child deflects from the issue and leaves you still ignorant and racist.

      • Jack_Kennedy

        two words for YOU …………………. INTELLECTUAL HONESTY

        obviously, its a real problem for the traythugbots

  • A

    haha omg and the ignorance continues to spread!! boycotting Florida isn’t gonna do anything but piss off music fans here who had nothing to do with the trial!!! I’m boycotting these artists for being so ridiculous.

    • Popeye

      if Zimmerman were black, this whole Trayvon fiasco wouldn’t be an issue.

      • A

        I agree!! There’s crime all the time where the situation is reversed and it’s never over publicized and protested!! The double standards in this country sicken me!

        • Cooltruth

          What double standards… if Zimmerman had been black and had chased down and murdered a white teen he never would have made it to the police station

          • Jack_Kennedy

            two words ………………Christopher Cervini

            just not fair to your thugs to use the truth/reality/facts against YOUR intellectually dishonest rants

      • Cooltruth

        You sound sick and ignorant. If a black man had chased down a white teen he would have never lived to see a trial. The police would not have just taken his word that he was protecting himself.

        • Jack_Kennedy

          two words for you INTELLECTUALLY DISHONEST traythugbots ………….. Christopher Cervini

          but, this does NOT fit your RACISM INC. agenda

  • BsMama

    If they don’t want to come to Florida, then guess what, I don’t care!!!!! And that goes for anybody else too! Nobody is going to cry over keeping ignorant people away!! Geesh people, move on!!!

    • Popeyes

      Don’t worry……they’ll be tired of the hoopla soon enough until Al sharpton and co yank their chains again and they start to bitch…………then they’ll be done………until
      Besides, shouldn’t they be boycotting New York city, after all your skin color will get you stopped for no reason over there. are they going to boycott Chicago? No need, the shooters are all black.
      Morons………..

      • Cooltruth

        Really so the guy who shot up the movie theater was black? The guys who did the Columbine shooting was black? The guy who shot those poor innocent children in Connceticut was black? Check your facts moron

        • Jack_Kennedy

          they were ALL your leader’s type of whites …………… you know the ones ………… the traythugbots types

    • Cooltruth

      How is standing up for the injustified killing of a child ignorant. You are the ignorant one

      • dracothedragon

        If someone at TM’s size beating you up, are you going to wait and check to see if he’s a child or an adult? Why do they using the picture of a 14 year old kid instead of a picture of a BIG over six foot one. TV station doctored the 911 call, why don’t anyone remember that, or just conveniently forgotten. Instead of wasting time Boycotting Florida, why don’t you go to Chicago and see what you can do to stop Black killing black there. And while at it, take Sharpton, Jackson, and your group with you, because they may even shoot you too if you interfere with them. Brave enough to do that?

        And one more thing. Why is it hat whenever you disagree with logic, you start name calling?

    • dracothedragon

      Bravo for you there BsMama. I will come to Florida, and I will ask friends and families do the same!!! Stand for what you believe, and I say, most missed the point. It’s not a “Stand Your Ground” situation here, I don’t understand why people just not getting the detail. Or just want to make it anyway to suit them. This was a “Self Defense” case. 6 Jurors and they all agreed. Why keep beating the dead horse. Obama Care is coming, and Obama is going to spend seven hundred million dollars to have people promote the train wreck healthcare. The same machine that work the computer information to get Obama reelection. Can anyone come up with definition of “Stand Your Ground”? If not, will get it for you. If GZ using the “Stand Your Ground” choice, he doesn’t have to get beating, he could have just shoot, there was no witness at the time, he then can claim he was guarding his neighborhood and TM was an intruder. He can then use a “Stand Your Ground” in court. But he didn’t. In fact, if TM just walk away, there would not been any fighting or shooting.

  • Meesha

    Wow! For the very time in my life I can say this and mean it. Im glad I live in Wisconsin!

  • Tammie Marshall

    let them feel it in the pockets….they will take heed

  • Mikkalotious

    Ok …where is the optimism???.. to the naysayers…at least these people are getting involved. I don’t know about you but, I was taught to stand up up what was right even if that meant I had to stand alone. Their actions could be just the tip of the iceberg. I have heard people say they weren’t spending another dime in Florida…cancelling vacations etc…..a lot of FL’s revenue is via tourism. If others of all types and and classes get involved you never know where this could go. The true power is with the people. That’s why we have President Obama.

  • GMC3MOM

    Hope they plan to boycott Alabama,
    Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
    Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina,
    Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West
    Virginia…. since they too have Stand Your Ground Laws.

    • Meemo

      I actually don’t have a problem with the stand your ground law – it’s how it’s applied. Trayvon was clearly standing his ground yet his killer was found innocent.

      • dracothedragon

        Trayvon was trespassing, and if he just walk away, there would be no fight, no shooting. You don’t go to other people’s property and decide to stand your ground. How could that make any sense?

        • Jack_Kennedy

          don’t waste your time with the traythugbots ……………… INTELLECTUAL HONESTY is not their friend

          the truth/reality/facts about traythug is not going to be acknowledged by THEM ………………. it does not serve their leaders agenda by RACISM INC

  • Nia

    And that’s how you get things done in a capatalist society! Hit em in the pockets!

    • Melyssa

      Actually with FL these concerts aren’t the big money makers. Boycott the amusement parks! If you are taking a cruise use ports OUTSIDE of FL. Go to beaches someplace else.

  • pickneychile

    I heard there are 33 other states with stand your ground type laws. You gotta start somewhere!

    • Jack_Kennedy

      WE all hope so ……………… it will help clean up those states ………… they will appreciate the help

  • LaLaRed

    Very selfless, worthy, commendable act but Zimmerman plead not guilty by reason of self defense and was found not guilty by reason of self defense…”Stand Your Ground” Law did not cause Zimmerman to win a not guilty verdict. If being done for Marissa Alexander, this particular cause may actually work against her case. If seeking post-verdict justice for Trayvon, stating this out right may help…

    • Nia

      Stand your ground is why they didn’t investigate when it happened.

      • Freeordie

        They interrogated Zimmerman for 5 hours and then for two more days. Who said they didn’t investigate? What’s your source?

    • singer78

      Stand your ground was in the jury instructions.

  • AnonyChick

    Let’s see how long these boycotts actually last. And, I highly doubt the boycott would have a great impact on the law. So, what, a select few artists are boycotting FL–there are many others who aren’t.

    • Tammie Marshall

      Money talks worth the effort IF it is true

  • Tiffany Shaw

    This report is unfounded and untrue. While I think it would be a good thing if these artists and many more boycotted the state I actually reside in. The fact is there is no factual indication anywhere that this is true. Tickemaster still has the Jay-Z/JT shows listed and up as scheduled for 8/16/13. This is simply a rumor

    • Tammie Marshall

      was wondering I couldn’t find any info from major networks

    • JMO

      Apparently theres no such thing as fact checking in journalism nowadays. smh

  • kierah

    Per Huffington Post, Jay Z and JT’s upcoming FL concert in August is still scheduled.

    • Rodney Gates

      shhh don’t stop the tirade with facts, they don’t like facts. None of the “artists are actually going to cancel a money grab.

  • Kenedy

    I’m proud of them & I hope many continue to follow in their footsteps until Florida’s pulls a Detroit. Even though from my understanding the self defense law, not stand your ground is what got Zimmerman acquitted, I still think that Stand your ground is a law that works against minorities.

    • Rob

      Seriously? You think they are gonna give up a big part of their tour earnings over a teen thug that got shot in a altercation. There are 30 states that have it so we will see how long this lasts!! Haha

      • Charlene25

        Teen thug? Really? It seems like you knew this young man personally. Do tell.

        • chanela

          wanna bet this person isn’t black?

          • Kenedy

            Wanna bet that this person watches Fox news? & loves Rush Limbaugh?

      • MimiB

        Teen thugs wear gap sweat shirts & khakis now? I’m confused?

      • sdm17

        And since I’m sure you’re a white republican why are you even reading an article that was fashioned for black people?!

      • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

        Oh, so he’s a black teen boy wearing a hoodie that day ad you think he’s a thug? This boy went to go to a 7-Eleven to get snacks and trying to come back home to watch a NBA all-star game, you a**hat need to get off here and get a life, you didn’t know him personally!

      • That’s My Story

        21 states to be exact. Not all the states have a “stand your ground” law as vauge as the one in FL.

      • REAL TALK

        You Geraldo Riviera looking, Rush Limbaugh loving, ignorant, jackass!!!!

      • Cooltruth

        Teen thug.. how dare you! THere was nothing about Trayvon that he was a thug and even if he was, he didnt’ deserve to lose his life.

    • Freeordie

      Then Look up this article
      “Blacks benefit from Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at disproportionate rate”
      Blacks are more likely to be found innocent and whites to be victims under the
      Stand your Ground statute in Florida than any other groups
      Its illogical for black people to want Stand your ground repealed, its a
      law that benefits them and it wasn’t even used in the Zimmerman trial as
      a defense

      • Cooltruth

        You must be blind as well as deaf.. it’s EXACTTLY the law that Zimmerman used as his defense

        • Freeordie

          No it wasn’t, Zimmerman used plain SELF DEFENSE as Stand Your Ground doesn’t apply if you are on your back being pummeled. Its one of the same MISTAKES everyone who wasn’t paying attention to the trial keeps making.

          Know the facts before you rush to judgement.

          • Guest

            Know the facts before you rush to judgement.

          • Freeordie

            Here you go, see a few seconds reading and you can actually know the facts of the case

            “(AP)
            ORLANDO, Florida – The attorney for the man who shot and killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin said Monday he’ll seek to get the case dismissed using a traditional self-defense argument and not the state’s “stand your ground” statute.
            Mark O’Mara, who is defending George Zimmerman against a second-degree murder charge in the fatal February shooting, said the traditional self-defense approach is appropriate because the facts suggest his client couldn’t retreat from a beating Martin was giving him.”

            but why let facts get in the way of your irrational hatred

  • JRoc85

    Some artists are more concerned with getting paid than fighting for a worthy cause!!!!!! So I am proud of Stevie Wonder & Mary Mary for being the first to step up to the plate, & proud of others for following their lead (especially Rihanna, Usher, & JT)!!!!!!!

    • JMO

      Too bad this is untrue. I wish they’d do fact checking on this site. There’s not 1 reputable source saying this is true *side eye*. I have heard Mary Mary & Stevie but someone started a rumor about the rest. Fans have even said that the JT/Jay Z concert is still on. Madamenoire y’all didn’t even try to find truth with this one. Smh

      • JRoc85

        The show you’re referring to is August 16 @ Sun Life Stadium! A lot can change between now & then!

      • JRoc85

        The show you’re referring to is August 16 @ Sun Life Stadium! A lot can change between now & then!

      • GoHOMO

        It is true. They were just too stupid to realize what they were doing at the time they OVERREACTED. They had Kanyeitis.