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Stevie Wonder Boycotts Performing In Florida After Trayvon Martin Verdict


(AllHipHop News) Stevie Wonder has seen enough and has decided that he is taking a stand against Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law by boycotting all performances in that state.

While performing in Quebec City, Stevie Wonder told a packed crowd “we can make change by coming together in the spirit of unity” and also will not perform in any state that honors the stand your ground law.

Stevie  has has a long history of political activism dating back to him being an integral part in Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday becoming a holiday in 1983. The legendary singer also has a history of cancelling performances due to his political views. In 2012, the Songs In The Key Of Life artist cancelled a performance at a fundraiser for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces after learning the nature of the group’s political views.

Check out Stevie Wonder’s speech on his denouncement of the “Stand Your Ground” laws and his call for peace:

  • MrNoName2K

    Even Stevie Wonder can see the bullsh*t in that verdict…real recognize real..

  • Caliwaver

    I wish more artis would stand up against these states that had these laws.

    • What will be the end result? If someone runs up on you & duffs you, you have to run or get duffed out, because if you swing back you will go to jail?

      Nah, the SYG law is morally right, it is for the victims. I don’t think it should have been applied to Zimmerman, and I don’t think it would have applied to Trayvon….even though it should have.

      • Caliwaver

        Yeah but your already able to defend yourself with out that law. Plus, they didnt use that law in this case.

      • I think they did, and all the law is basically saying that if you have a right to be where you are, you don’t have a duty to retreat, whereas some states say that you do have a duty to retreat.

        Maybe I’m wrong?

  • best_believe

    He don’t need to come to Texas then.

  • Wavpin

    If he does this every time this type of isshh really happen ,,, he won’t eat no mo’….

    • Big Dog

      Stevie still got 70s money he is going to eat regardless.

    • Tony G.

      ur damn stupid……Stevie is far from hurting…..he could never sell another record or do another show and he’ll be just fine.

  • junj03

    Its good to make a stand when you belive in something But when it’s something that has to do with the fans. You just don’t play with that shit.

    They have nothing to do with the Mr. Martins case.

  • Dead wrong

    This would’ve REALLY put a hurtin’ on the state of Florida back in …oooh… 1983…mad n!ggaz would’ve been break dancing in protest but… every little bit helps though Stevie so…salute

  • ZUBU

    There is much power in what Mr. Stevie Wonder is doing. Some of you all may be too young to recall, but many prominent/popular artists from around the world refused to perform in South Africa during the apartheid era. Collectively they played a major part in over turning that system of govt; helping to force the South African govt. P. W. Botha, etc. to free Nelson Mandela, to recognize the ANC, etc.

    Individuals in positions can really influence the world because they have a platform from whence to speak, they can utilize it to benefit the masses, or they can just use their power and influence to enrich themselves. Each person has to live with their own action or inaction. That’s the only thing critical I could ever say about Mike Jordan is that he never would jump in the fire and help the masses. The Great Jim Brown pointed it out best in regard to Jordan. Brothas like Jim, Bill Russell, Ali, Jackie Robinson, Kareem, etc. stood up at the height of their careers and fought for the masses. To this day people in Boston hold Bill Russell’s involvement in the civil rights movement against him. The aforementioned brothas and are true hereos. So I thank them and brothas and sistas like them. Also when I say brothas and sistas I don’t just mean black people, but anyone that will stand up for the cause. Thank You, Mr. Stevie Wonder.

    • True, but look how many times the man gave us heroes & we didn’t support them.

      The 1968 Olympians, Assata Shakur, & many others.

      I can’t fault them for playing it safe, even if it’s str8 wack juice.

      • ZUBU

        True reply in regard to the 1968 Olympians, and others. They were left hanging. Banished from the Olympic village, banished from their sport essentially and basically not able to find work anywhere. Reasons why I respect the men and women who have risked all for our cause.

  • scullyson

    Props to Stevie

  • Megaton

    Stevie Wonder been about that life! Always was as much of a voice in the struggle as in the music game.

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  • Stevie is definitely taking a stand, but it shouldn’t be against the SYG law, which is basically self defense. Maybe Zimmerman lucked out or maybe it went down like he said it did.

  • Arthur Coronado

    Not sure what Stevie’s aim is since Zimmerman didn’t invoke SYG in his court defense.

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  • Sean Taylor

    I WONDER if he’ll boycott Obama since he co-sponsored a bill in ’04 in Chicago for SYG.

    Funny how Obama never mentions he supported the law?

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