Stevie Wonder Boycotting Florida Shows After Trayvon Martin Verdict

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Legendary singer Stevie Wonder is boycotting the state of Florida after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting this weekend.

According to the Hollywood Reporter the “Ribbon In The Sky” singer will not perform in Florida until its Stand Your Ground law is “abolished.” He added that he won’t perform in any state that recognizes the law, which many say helped defend Zimmerman when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 in what he claimed was self-defense.

“I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said this weekend while performing in Quebec City. “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.”

Other artists have spoken publicly against the Zimmerman verdict and in favor of Martin. Wyclef honored the Florida teen in “Justice (If You’re 17)” while celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Dwayne Wayne shared their outrage on Twitter. “May God console the Martins at this time; as well as every other family that’s gone through this type of injustice,” tweeted Nicki while Rick Ross, a native of Florida, said, “My condolences continue to go the Martin family..”

Trayvon’s own mother, Sybrina Fulton, added, “Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have. At the end of the day, God is still in control. Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will love you forever Trayvon! In the name of Jesus!”