Musicians Respond to George Zimmerman's Acquittal

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As the jury deliberated the fate of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin, the media fanned the flames of fear that there would be riots if Zimmerman was found not guilty. The media was wrong about predicting riots, instead there have been strong, peaceful reactions. Especially from the world of music.

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- Stevie Wonder Boycotting Florida Until Stand Your Ground "Abolished"

The rapper Young Jeezy posted his new song "It's a Cold World (A Tribute to Trayvon Martin)" to his Facebook page, where he emphasized, "I am in no way shape, form, or fashion... trying to capitalize off of the latest series of events. These are my true feelings and my form of expression about it."

Reggae band Steel Pulse have made a new song "Put Your Hoodies On [4 Trayvon]," available to download for free, as a plea for justice.

The oddest reactions to a musical dedication was in California where at the Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival, 73 year old soul singer Lester Chambers told the crowd that he would be covering Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready." Chambers said that if Mayfield were still alive to see the Zimmerman trial, the lyric "there's a train a-comin'" would be changed to "there's a change a-comin'." A woman from the audience jumped on stage and shoved the singer while shouting at him, ""It's all your fault." The woman was arrested and Chambers was taken to the hospital for bruised rib muscle and nerve damage.



But mostly cooler heads have won the day. None cooler than in Quebec City where Stevie Wonder announced to the audience that he was done playing in Florida. "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."

While other musicians haven't publically joined Mr. Wonder's boycott, there is precedent for such form of musical protest. As a stance against apartheid, musicians led by Steven Van Zandt avoided South Africa in the 1980s. More recently, musicians from Roger Waters and Brian Eno to the Pixies have boycotted the nation of Israel for their policies. We'll just have to wait and see what other musicians have to say next in the wake of Zimmerman's acquittal.





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Martin D. Goodkin
Martin D. Goodkin

I'm sorry why aren't they yelling and boycotting the States that immediately started new voting rules as soon as the SCOTUS knocked the old Voting Law down?

Jamie Trofnoff
Jamie Trofnoff

Good. Stay out of our state. We could care less. It hurts your pocket more than it hurts ours.

Curt Cole
Curt Cole

i'm all for these musicians making a protest by avoiding the gunshine state, but who's really suffering in this? the fans.

Scott Daniels
Scott Daniels

When Musicians start playing this game, its simply time to Boycott their records. What Stevie Wonder is doing is uncalled for and a disgrace for all residents of Florida.

Mac Watson
Mac Watson

Money will be made somehow, and notoriety will be gained for the artists/celebrities that write the songs, and it's a shame. In the long run I genuinely hope that society can learn from tragedies such as this, but we won't, and that is the real tragedy.

New Times Broward Palm Beach
New Times Broward Palm Beach

I totally understand where you're coming from, but just to play the devil's advocate, do the disclaimers [saying they're not doing it with the intention of revenue] not matter?

rrlevy272
rrlevy272

Wow. Well, it just goes to show that a lot of people have fallen victim to the illusion that the media has peddled. Young Jeezy, or Kanye West: That's expected. Their music establishes that the so-called "thug mentality" is not only acceptable, but eludes to the glorification of such. That kid was a wannabe thug and the only reason this particular situation is being given any relevance is because this has been turned into an issue of race. Ignorance and arrogance  come in all shapes, forms and economic classes. 

Mac Watson
Mac Watson

I think that one of the great things about this country is our right to have differing opinions on things such as the result of the Zimmerman trial, and other matters that effect our nation. What I think is pathetic is that anyone gives two shits about what musicians think about it, or the songs they write as 'tributes' which are really just ways for them to make money off of someone else's death.

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