Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida

The singer announced that he won't perform in the Sunshine State until it revokes its "Stand your ground" law.

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Stevie Wonder (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

During a concert in Quebec City, Canada, Grammy-winning singer Stevie Wonder announced that he would not give any more performances in Florida until the "Stand your ground" law is eliminated, MSNBC reports. The announcement comes after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

"I decided today that until the 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," he told the audience. "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."

Though the "stand your ground" law arguably was not a factor in Zimmerman's acquittal, it was a much-discussed potential motivation for Zimmerman's actions on the night of Feb. 26, 2012, when he and Martin had their deadly encounter…

Wonder isn't the first celebrity to speak out post-verdict; others have given voice to their concerns about the acquittal on Twitter and elsewhere, but his appears to be the first entertainer to actively take his business out of the state in reaction to the decision.

Read more at MSNBC.

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