July 16, 2013


Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida Over Zimmerman Verdict

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET

While much of the nation bemoans the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Stevie Wonder is taking action. The R&B genius is boycotting the entire state of Florida until Stand Your Ground—the curious law that some say helped Zimmerman's defense—is off the books.

"I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder announced at a concert in Quebec City on Sunday. "For those that we have lost in the battle for justice... we can't bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That's what I know we can do."

While Wonder's audience responded positively to his announcement, Lester Chambers didn't fare so well when he delivered a Trayvon Martin tribute in concert last Saturday. The classic soul singer dedicated Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" to Martin, which enraged a 43-year-old woman, who then rushed onstage and attacked him. Fuse News caught footage of the bizarre assault, which left the 73-year-old singer bruised and sore.

Chambers' family is urging authorities to treat the assault as a hate crime because, you know, when was the last time you heard about a senior citizen getting beaten for paying tribute to a deceased white teenager? Oh right, never.