Stevie Wonder Boycotting Florida Until Stand Your Ground "Abolished"
As expected, the highly controversial Trayvon Martin case has called everyone from the lowliest of Facebook pundits and apparent overnight law school grads, to the upper echelon of proper lawyers and cultural icons to roost upon a bandwidth-choking, virtual soapbox.
Whether you believe that Saturday's verdict was wrong, right, or a distraction from other news stories (such as the Bradley Manning trial, or the revolution taking place in Egypt, or the hunt for Edward Snowden, or the guy from Glee that passed away) orchestrated by an illuminati shadow-hand or whatever, you most likely have an opinion on the Zimmerman verdict and you definitely want us to know it. However, at the end of the day, you're not Stevie Wonder -- so you can't do things like refuse to perform in Florida until the Stand Your Ground law is "abolished."
Wonder stated to his Quebec City concert audience on Sunday, "I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," going on to announce that "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."
This would mean, potentially, that if you were at Wonder's recent, secret birthday performance at Hollywood's Hard Rock Live, you may well have witnessed the legendary songwriter's last Florida performance ever.
Unfortunately for the other 16 states with such laws (not including those that utilize similar doctrines as an interpretation of self-defense laws), if Wonder keeps to his word, his live performances will be sporadic at best.
And with that, Florida's legislation has apparently made this state -- already skipped by more than a few major tours -- even less attractive for artists to visit. At least we still have the UR1 fest.