Florida fans of Stevie Wonder who want to see the legend sing are going to have to go on a road trip for the near future. During a performance in Quebec City, Canada, on Sunday, the Grammy-winning performer spoke out about the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman and announced he would boycott the state.
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” he told the audience. “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.”
Like Florida, California has no duty to retreat, and I believe many other states follow suit, although I have seen varying numbers. This NPR article says it’s “21 plus.” Leave more accurate links in the comments.
I have a feeling his principles are going to evaporate, or there will be some parsing (“That’s not really a stand your ground state!”), once old Stevie realizes how many places he has taken off of his schedule.
As for me, I’m going to boycott blind singers.