Jay-Z, Madonna, Justin Timberlake: Please Don't Really Boycott Florida

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Sayre Berman
UPDATE: Turns out many artists first listed by April Ryan at American Urban Radio Networks, like Rihanna and the Rolling Stones, aren't actually boycotting the state. Mother Jones reported on the story, as did the Huffington Post.

Dear Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Usher, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Rod Stewart, Young Jeezy, and the growing list of other boycotters:

The news of your boycott against Florida is both inspiring in its idealism and distressing in its reality. Taking a stand, if you will, against the seemingly criminal Stand Your Ground law is more than honorable. It most certainly is! But there are consequences to your actions that affect Floridians who were also horrified by the Zimmerman verdict. We aren't all alike here, you see.

If I were a hugely famous performing artist who made a butt-ton of money and controlled the livelihoods of hundreds, maybe thousands of people, I might also want to knock some sense into this backward-ass state. But can't you find some other way to actually foment change?

Maybe hold a benefit concert to help form or strengthen groups lobbying to repeal SYG? Or take those dollars you made from those Pepsi commercials and help mobilize the youth and minority vote in this state.

Sure, you might be thinking, I'm selfish. I imagine your inner monologue as you read this says something like: "When we don't come south of Savannah, then you won't have shit to write about!" And that's totally true (help an alt weekly out!). The issues here do clearly run deeper, though, than how much I'm itching to write a list about JT's hottest fashion moments of all time.* Though I am.

We've had it pretty bad down here, as far as live music is concerned, for a long time. Only recently does it seem like touring musicians have made a point to come all the way south to West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, or Miami. Yeah, big names came through sometimes, but now we find such joy in seeing mid- to big, but not huge, acts performing regularly here.

We didn't all vote for Jeb! And none of us likes Rick Scott.

Your music brings us joy in our sadness. Yes, our state makes it really hard to prove a murderer is a murderer. But there are other ways to help change these detrimental laws. Come back to Florida. Hold tons of fundraisers here to get Florida's money moving and voters motivated to vote, maybe educate people on race issues, and hopefully prevent another tragedy like Trayvon Martin's killing.

We need your music and your help, but not this way.

* Seems like Jay and JT might still be hitting up Sun Life for the Legends of the Summer Tour on August 16, despite this boycott.



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Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

Okkkkkk now report on how the media is changing the verbiage that it is using when referring to the case and how they are now, ever so eloquently, including the fact that the stand your ground law was not even a part of this case. Ohhhh!! And PLEASE OH PLEASE reveal the true nature of Trayvon Martin's character, as Dr. King would have referred to in his "I Have A Dream" speech! Oh oh and someone, for the love of god, interview a legal expert on the legal repercussions for the parents of Trayvon Martin and the race riot that they've basically incited because of how they've misrepresented their son and the state of his mental health at the time of his death.

GovtMule
GovtMule

What a great stance by these musicians...making their fans suffer because we live in a state where they disagree with a particular law. Wow, that's really putting it to us...or the state that is!

Shawn Weaver
Shawn Weaver

I will not support a former drug dealer ..who helped ruin lives...and then wrote songs about hustling people and selling drugs ....we have to change the american dream....what about the people who never did this type of thing....in the first place..they dont even get heard...

Julie Urbistondo
Julie Urbistondo

Who asked County Grind to speak for us !? We're busy boycotting them..... Just have them come to your house and empower your living room :) Yeah.. That sounds good :)

rkl1028
rkl1028

Did anyone bother to tell these boycott idealists that the "Stand Your Ground" law was not even considered in the Zimmerman verdict? Zimmerman waived his right to a pretrial hearing that would give him immunity under the Stand Your Ground law. 

Can you not see that to exhibit outrage over a law that was not even touched upon by either side during this trial does nothing to gain support or even credibility for your cause? In fact the result is quite the opposite: it fosters greater division among an already hurting community and it accomplishes little more than putting a spotlight on your abject ignorance!

Have you even thought about the thousands of lower income workers that would lose wages and possibly even their jobs if a true boycott of Florida did actually grow legs? Get a life people and put your energy into something that will actually do some good in this messed up world!


David Cordero
David Cordero

I'm a metalhead so I really don't give a shit.Please do stay the fuck out of Florida

Ronald Wahl
Ronald Wahl

Yes boycott Florida ,but when this is settled we will remember you ,like boycott you ...you only hurt the ones that love you....

Justin Ortega
Justin Ortega

Willy nelson is headlining magnolia festival this November.

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

I'll care about this when Waka Flocka Flame says he's not playing in Florida.

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

::snaps:: I wonder where Willy Nelson stands on this... I wonder why I just asked that... I wonder why this is relevant... I wonder what we're not being told.... CONSPIRACY!!!!

Justin Ortega
Justin Ortega

On the other hand, Ted Nugent should be announcing a 3 month tour soon, ONLY in Florida.

Justin Ortega
Justin Ortega

Seriously. I wouldnt go see them anyway. You're a musician. Play music for your fans, even if they have awful tastes (the exception being Stevie Wonder, and how the hell would he even know what state he's playing in?), its for them, not politics. If you want to get involved in politics, be a politician. But I dare a presidential candidate to not tour in Florida. It would be suicide. Fuck these egotistical "musicians" who think they can punish fans into changing laws. Fuck the media for giving a single murder case so much attention before getting the facts straight. And fuck everyone who rallies and riots b/c of ignorance and misinformation.

Francie Jones
Francie Jones

I love how the original poster of the article expects people against "SYG" laws to offer benefit concerts in Florida. TOTAL NONSENSE. These are PEOPLE. With their own lives and thoughts and opinions. They are standing their own ground on wanting things to change. It is the best medicine I have seen so far!

Beverly Kisner Brown
Beverly Kisner Brown

I would be afraid to be in that state if I were them- what if the crazy stalker with the hollow point bullets does not know who they are???

New Times Broward Palm Beach
New Times Broward Palm Beach

As far as we know, it's still on. But there's always the possibility that they'll boycott like the others are.

Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

I don't blame black artists for not wanting to tour down here. There's concrete EVERYWHERE!

Jacqueline Jacqrat Propps
Jacqueline Jacqrat Propps

Benefit concerts to elect more principaled leaders like Alan Grayson and Nicholas Ruiz III would help a LOT. Gotta change the racist laws and work for the people, not corporation like Rick Scott's administration has done.

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

Meh. These concerts are gratuitous wastes of time and space anyway. Although...it is a clever ploy to get those DVDs of the concerts to start selling better in a particular area (such as Florida)... Or selling the streaming rights to a third-party company to compensate for the revenue lost to those (everyone) pirating their music... You're not fooling anyone. We're onto you and your silly little game.

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

I say, let them go, or not come, or whatever.

Gary Caruso
Gary Caruso

interesting that some of these folks have no problem impressing on children the same violence they boycott

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