Add Kanye West to the list of celebs not taking “more of the trips to Florida” as part of Stevie Wonder’s Florida performance boycott.
North’s daddy, as well as Madonna, Usher, Trey Songz, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and the Rolling Stones, have joined the boycott according to April D. Ryan of the American Urban Radio Network.
Wonder announced last week that he would no longer perform in the Sunshine State because of its “Stand Your Ground” law. Although it wasn’t used by the defense, the controversial law became a point of contention during the murder trial of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The acquittal of the suspect in the case, George Zimmerman, was what ultimately prompted Wonder’s boycott.
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder announced during a concert in Canada last week. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or that part of the world.”
Whether West et. Al.’s boycott will extend to the other 23 states in the union that have the same or similar “Stand Your Ground” laws like Wonder’s does is unclear. If so, Timberlake and Usher would be unable to perform in their home states – Tennessee and Texas, respectively.
The new pledge also puts Timberlake and Jay Z in a bind, as both are still expected to perform at the August 16 “Legends of the Summer” concert in Miami.
Although Jay Z’s wife, Beyoncé, was not mentioned in the list, the couple attended a rally for Trayvon Martin this past weekend in New York City. She has also asked fans on her website to sign a petition asking for the Department of Justice to further investigate a civil rights case against Zimmerman.
CORRECTION: According to The Huffington Post, several representatives for the musicians on the list have said that they have never heard of the list or have not been contacted about the list. Ryan issued a statement Tuesday afternoon in which she said “Since publishing that list I have heard from several representatives of the artists named who say, on behalf of their clients, they are uncomfortable being identified on that list and are seeking additional information.”