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Stevie Wonder: No Florida concerts until Stand Your Ground law is overturned



Want to see Stevie Wonder perform in Florida again? Better write your congressman.

In the wake of this weekend's George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin not guilty ruling, the legendary singer has announced that he will boycott Florida until the state's Stand Your Ground laws are erased.

"I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder said during a concert Sunday in Quebec City, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "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."

Countless artists have voiced their support for Martin's family since Zimmerman was ruled not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Saturday, including Beyonce, Rihanna and Solange.

"My heart's broken," former Sarasota resident and American Idol finalist Syesha Mercado tweeted Saturday. "This hit my soul. I'm in so much pain. I can't stop crying. We live in an evil world."

But Wonder's announcement is the strongest statement yet from an entertainer. He hasn't performed in Tampa Bay in years, and now it looks like that won't change anytime soon.

"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," he said during the Quebec City show. "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."

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:16pm]


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