List Of Stars Boycotting Florida Has Been Discredited [VIDEO]
Last week Stevie Wonder made news when the legendary singer announced that he would not do any shows in Florida out of protest against the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Shortly afterward, reports began circulating that other high-profile stars were following in his lead. Now it appears those reports weren't entirely true.
High profile artists like the gospel group Mary Mary and the legendary Eddie Levert have publicly announced that they will boycott the state. Bruce Springstein has also been very vocal about the verdict and told reporters "The Trayvon Martin case is proof that America is just a racist as it was when members of the NYCP shot African immigrant Amadou Diallo 41 times for taking his wallet out." Sadened by the injustice of the verdict and race issues in the country, Springstein dedicated the song he wrote for Amadou Diallo "American Skin (shot 41 times) to Trayvon and his family.
As for a "list" including high profile artists joining a Florida boycott, the Huffington Post is now reporting that list has been mostly discredited. The story was first reported by American Urban Radio Networks’ White House correspondent April Ryan. In the article Ryan claimed that sources close to Stevie Wonder confirmed the "list". However, according to HuffPost several of the performers reps stated off the record that their clients are not involved in the boycott.
Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and The Rolling Stones have been confirmed they are NOT participating. Justin Timberlake and Jay Z apparently have not committed to the boycott either. As a matter of fact they are scheduled to bring their "Legends of The Summer Stadium tour" to the Sun Life Stadium in Miami in a couple of weeks.
Yesterday, April Ryan updated her original post:
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.