Stevie Wonder announces he will not perform in states with the Stand your Ground Law, until abolished

While performing in Quebec City on July 14th 2013, Stevie Wonder responded to George Zimmerman Not Guilty verdict, after the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. Mr. Wonder announced, “Unless the Stand Your Ground Law is abolished in n Florida, I will never perform there again.” The iconic singer added further that he will no longer perform in any other states that adhere to said laws.
















I’ve been blessed. I’ve had the opportunity to see Stevie Wonder in concert a couple of times, once on his birthday in New Orleans. He played for 5 hours straight. Florida,  you’re missing out.

One of my favorites.


Yeah, I’m dancing like Elaine in Seinfeld. Don’t judge me.

  • Frances R

    I saw Stevie Wonder in concert when Innervisions album came out, what a show!

    • Anomaly 100

      Right? He’s amazing in concert!

      • Cosmic_Surfer

        I saw him once too but we won’t go into what song was out then….I iz old

        • Anomaly 100

          Skeerdy cat!

          • Cosmic_Surfer

            Well…I was in 8th grade – pre electricity

  • Cosmic_Surfer

    Mr Wonder knows how to Boycott.

    States with Stand Your Ground Laws:











    New Hampshire






    • mea_mark

      Let’s hope more join him.

    • juicyfruityyy

      I think other performers should follow suit. Just like when they refuse to go to SC, because of the Confederate flag..

    • Janice Woods


    • rjcarter

      Crap. We just barely got Conceal and Carry. Quinn will never let us have “Stand Your Ground” — maybe the next governor.

  • Hank Kelly

    I agree with Stevie Wonder and kudos to him. This madness has to stop. The gun nuts want have gun classes for young school children. What’s next? Give a baby a gun at baptism?

    • Laura Brennan, an alias

      they probably already do…. and don’t forget, they want to arm teachers. Don’t want to pay them enough as it is, but they want them to “defend and protect….”

  • gn

    Standing with Stevie.

  • Paul Shene

    Well, we don’t need someone shooting Stevie Wonder and claiming it was self defense now, eh?

    • Fritz

      Or shooting his employees. His tours are a business that employs African Americans.

    • Laura Brennan, an alias

      hey, he was trying to beat me with his cane!

  • njcronk

    On Twitter?
    Boycott Florida until “Stand Your Ground” law is repealed. Our children are not safe there. Plz RT. #florida #Trayvon

    • Laura Dailey

      31 States have stand your ground laws……NOT JUST A FLORIDA PROBLEM!!!

  • Albert Welsh

    imo stand ur ground no longer applied in this case… once someone has you on your back pummeling you til you fear for your life… its justifiable homicide in every state

    • VeggieTart

      And if he had stayed in his car and let police handle it, he wouldn’t have gotten his ass beaten and felt compelled to shoot an unarmed teenager. Maybe Trayvon was standing HIS ground.

  • motomo31

    Wish I could boycott this god forsaken state, but unfortunately I’m trapped here!

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

      Well, you’re on the ground so let’s hope you and your friends are part of the change to improve Florida.

      • motomo31

        Trying but to many closed mind people here.

  • Oldetooles

    you don’t look like a ho

    • Guest

      ^^^Apparently your parents never taught you, “If you don’t have anything nice to say…..then DON’T say anything at all.”

  • Rough Acres

    31 states have such laws. If every performer kept this vow… it would have a real impact.

  • Pamela DeWolf

    It’s A Joke. When someone says Idaho, you respnd ‘I da ho? You da ho!’

  • Steve

    no more performances in California, then.

    Calif Penal Code Section 197

    197. Homicide is also justifiable when committed by any person in
    any of the following cases:
    1. When resisting any attempt to murder any person, or to commit a
    felony, or to do some great bodily injury upon any person; or,
    2. When committed in defense of habitation, property, or person,
    against one who manifestly intends or endeavors, by violence or
    surprise, to commit a felony, or against one who manifestly intends
    and endeavors, in a violent, riotous or tumultuous manner, to enter
    the habitation of another for the purpose of offering violence to any
    person therein; or,
    3. When committed in the lawful defense of such person, or of a
    wife or husband, parent, child, master, mistress, or servant of such
    person, when there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design to
    commit a felony or to do some great bodily injury, and imminent
    danger of such design being accomplished; but such person, or the
    person in whose behalf the defense was made, if he was the assailant
    or engaged in mutual combat, must really and in good faith have
    endeavored to decline any further struggle before the homicide was
    committed; or,
    4. When necessarily committed in attempting, by lawful ways and
    means, to apprehend any person for any felony committed, or in
    lawfully suppressing any riot, or in lawfully keeping and preserving
    the peace.

    • Ray Fischer

      Steve must be stupid. By that California law Zimmerman would be in prison.

  • Christopher Johnson

    not a problem. they will just someone else to fill the spot. No Loss . No Foul.

    • rjcarter

      I’m certain his presence will be missed.

    • Anomaly 100

      He’s irreplaceable.

      • Tanara

        Everyone brandishing an ultimatum is replaceable.

        • Anomaly 100

          Not if a lot of musicians follow his lead.

  • Gideon Alvin White

    Stand your ground isn’t a bad law AT ALL, it’s just the misapplication that FL put on it that let this murderer walk! stand your ground doesn’t apply when YOU start an altercation that escalates – but FL misapplied it. GA has it and it works well, even saved people I know…

    • edgw13

      I agree. TX has it as well. Stand Your Ground only applies to your home, vehicle and place of employment. FL definitely dropped the ball with this one.

      • Laura Brennan, an alias

        Texas law is worse…. your’e allowed to use deadly force, outside your home – to retrieve property. As long as it’s at night…, White dude recently acquitted of murder in the killing of a brown-skinned prostitute. She took his money, refused to give BJ, he went after her and shot her in the head. Jury found him NG.

        • Gideon Alvin White

          now that’s terrible! here in GA you can only protect your life, car, and home.

      • Gideon Alvin White

        not true, that’s a castle doctrine you’re talking about – stand your ground means no matter where you are, you are allowed to defend yourself when faced with a threat.

    • Roy Randall

      Georgia has had black men charged with murder because they couldn’t defend under the state’s Stand your Ground. Maybe those people saved weren’t black?

  • searambler

    While I understand the sentiment, I think the reality is, it won’t help the situation at all. Concert promoters will simply find someone else. People won’t miss a performance that was never scheduled in the first place. The only ones who will ‘suffer’ are the Wonder fans who live in those states and agree with his stance. Southern states will get someone like Ted Douchebag Nugent, who will probably show up on stage armed. Or they’ll get one of the modern country corporate conservative ‘god guns and the USA’ cookie cutter telegenic purveyors of crappy music, and still put fans in the stands. It’s a nice gesture, Mr. Wonder, but a futile one…..

    • Elaine Reed Bowen

      sooooooooooo, does that mean that you think he should NOT “stick to his guns”, so to speak? He’s taking a stand for what he believes. I applaud him!! If everyone did that, then maybe change would happen. Gee, what a concept…….

      • searambler

        That’s not what I said. I understand his sentiment, it’s a nice gesture, but I think it is futile. Who is he hurting here? Do you think his fan base, the people who would actually go to his concerts, are the George Zimmermans of the world? I don’t. Yeah, “if everyone did that, then maybe change would happen” is a wonderful concept and sentiment, but it’s a fantasy. I’m not saying he shouldn’t do it, I’m questioning who will actually be punished here. Sorry for attempting to inject a little reality into the discussion…

        • Elaine Reed Bowen

          I understand what you’re saying. But if I’ve learned anything throughout the years, it’s that a person is better off standing up for their beliefs, no matter if they’re standing alone, rather then sit by and do nothing, because the odds of change are against ’em. Often change happens because ‘someone’ did something, that inspired others to ‘do something’ that eventually led to ‘something’ getting done. We never know how the story’s gonna end…..unless everyone sits on their ass and does nothing!

    • Kristian King

      Maybe searambler you should study the history of jim crow in the south and the roll that musicians played in bringing those injustices to light before declaring that his efforts are futile.
      If nothing else atleast understand by doing something he has a much better chance of effecting change than by doing absolutely nothing.

    • Watername

      Stevie Wonder is standing up for what he believes– and that’s why I love him and love his music and have been affected all my life by his words. He is a strong and intelligent man standing up for justice and the people in those states with that horrible, unjust, backward law—a lot of them will find standing up a little easier by his action.

  • Dr Alan O

    Tell me something commentators. How many of you were there when George and Travon got into their fight? How many of you saw what happened? Not a damn one of you were there so shove your judgments…

    • nolalou

      No, we were not there, but there are some facts that are known! We know George Zimmerman profiled Treyvon Martin, assumed he was trouble for no good reason! Fine.. he called 911, but then chose to follow and pursue Treyvon on foot in spite of being told not to! Maybe Trevon over reacted to being followed by an unknown man, maybe someone more mature than Trevon would have reacted differently when confronted, but the fact remains this was entirely preventable if George Zimmerman had not acted like a wanna be cop! PERIOD!

    • simeonberesford

      In most countries a citizen in armed pursuit of another would be arrested.

    • droop

      It doesn’t matter one bit whether we were there or not, and “what happened” up to the point that Zimmerman pulled the trigger. It DOESN’T MATTER! He shot and killed an unarmed kid and for that he should have rotted in prison.

  • Laura Truax

    It doesn’t matter who is guilty or innocent for you to appreciate what he is doing. A true inspiration. What he isdoing is putting his beliefs before profit. For that fact alone, he should get applause.

  • jp

    Leave all the racism out of it, Any law that allows an adult to shoot and kill an unarmed teenager is a horrible misguided law. Stand Your Ground should apply to a 95 lb woman being fearful against man not a adult male vs a kid.

  • Justin

    Ya know, all of the people complaining about this might need to just get out and vote.. get out and contact your local and state politicians to get the law changed if you do not agree with it. I do agree, he could have just knocked the kid out. Complaining and causing riots, which I might add takes tax money to defend, isn’t getting us any where. Get off you asses and take the right action.

  • John Wesley Hardin

    What riots? There haven’t been any riots.

    • rjcarter

      True. Just beatings, assaults, etc. Not a riot at all.

  • Ray Fischer

    Travon Martin stood his ground against a violent stalker. He ended up dead and his murderer got away with it.
    Bad, bad law.

  • Laura Brennan, an alias


    • Laura Dailey

      So, if you’re going to boycott Fl, you should add 30 other states to your list. I’m fine with you not coming to FL.

  • Laura Brennan, an alias

    loosen up, willya?

  • searambler

    I’m sorry, but change will or will not happen regardless of whether or not Stevie Wonder performs a concert in a particular state. I think you ascribe way more influence to the man than he actually has. And I think that his fan base, the ones who would actually pay for concert tickets to see him, are NOT the George Zimmermans of the world….

  • Renee Nealy

    You are so right. I think this will call a lot of people to action because, the system does not seem to be working. When we vote we have power. I think a lot of people will wake up after this and start to vote and do the civic duty by going to jury duty. This way we can get diversity and have a well rounded group of people serving on jury duty.

  • Jill Suttie

    I can’t get over the Zimmerman verdict. A man armed with a gun stalks a teenage boy, and when the boy notices the man’s stalking him and he can’t get away, he turns to fight and gets killed in the process. The man claims self-defense and gets off without penalty. This is justice? I feel sick. Florida, DO SOMETHING!

  • Patricia Dryburgh

    If you are driving a car irresponsibly and are in an accident in which your passenger dies, you will most likely get charged with vehicular manslaughter. You will also have your driver’s license suspended.
    But, in Florida, and other “Stand Your Ground” states, if you are not yet a felon, you can carry a gun and kill anyone who you see as suspicious. What could be more suspicious than a teenager walking in the rain with his hoodie up??? If you’re George Zimmerman, that kid is “up to no good.”
    I guess you’re not as dead if you’re shot by a wanna-be cop as you are if you die in a car accident.

  • Laura Brennan, an alias

    I seriously doubt that Georgia allows deadly force to protect one’s car.