After the George Zimmerman verdict, Florida has become “Public Enemy #1”. It’s alleged that more celebrities have decided to boycott the Sunshine Stand Your Ground State. Stevie Wonder was the first celebrity to announce he was done with Florida in protest of George Zimmerman’s acquittal and the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Until the law is “abolished … I will never perform there again,” and that goes for any state that has a similar law, he said, according to NBC News.
Yesterday, Huffington Post reported, then retracted, a news report that Rihanna, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake were joining in the boycott.
The thing is, Florida isn’t the only state with “Stand Your Ground” laws on their books. At least 23 other states have similar laws providing varying degrees of legal protection to those who use force in perceived self-defense.
A boycott would definitely hit Florida in the pockets. But will people hold their convictions and keep the momentum of boycotting going, even after the news coverage has died down?
Open Thread: Do you think boycotting Florida will make a difference?