Entertainers Deny Boycott Rumors


Aside from Stevie Wonder, it appears no other celebrities have publicly linked their names to a boycott of Florida in the wake of the Trayvon Martin trial verdict. Keep in mind the verdict wasn’t based on the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, but borrowed language from the law.

Washington journalist April Ryan caused a stir today when she published a list of about 20 artists she claimed reliable sources close to Stevie’s camp had confirmed as taking part in a celebrity boycott.

Quite a few entertainers on the list, including Madonna, Alicia Keys, & the Rolling  Stones heard about it and promptly issued statements denying participating. JayZ is reportedly still scheduled for a concert in Sun Belt Stadium also.

Ryan later said “So far, in addition to Stevie Wonder, two other entertainers whose names appear on the list have been identified by other news organizations as being supporters of the boycott. They are Mary Mary and R&B singer Eddie Levert”. Ryan has since issued this statement:

“I obtained from multiple sources early Monday a list of artists and entertainers who my sources told me had committed to a boycott of Florida following the George Zimmerman acquittal. 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.”

The rumor mill is busy, and if you’re Wondering whether a celebrity boycott could hurt the Orange state, check out the Week.

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