We suppose by just throwing big names out there organizers of a boycott of Florida figured things would mushroom into something real. Turns out they’re just making things up. It never did make any sense to begin with.
Some of the artists reportedly joining Stevie Wonder in a boycott of Florida over the state’s “stand your ground” law say they are not participating or were unaware of the protest, according to multiple media reports.
Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones and Rihanna were among the artists were originally were said to be taking part in the boycott. Now that is unclear.
The American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan reported Monday that a source close to Wonder told her that top artists, including Usher, Timberlake, Jay Z and Kanye West, were joining the legendary singer-songwriter in boycotting the state following the George Zimmerman verdict.Other acts reportedly boycotting the state included the Rolling Stones, Rihanna, and Madonna.
Mother Jones reached out to representatives for some of the artists, who reported that they were unaware of the reported boycott movement.
A source with knowledge of the situation told the magazine that Rihanna was not joining the reported boycott, and a spokesperson for the Rolling Stones said “nobody’s heard anything about this.”
Even more amusing, they don’t even have any dates scheduled for Florida. D’oh!
And organizers of an Aug. 16 concert in Miami say that Jay Z and Justin Timberlake both still plan to perform, according to a television station there.