Media Claim Jay-Z, Rihanna, Rolling Stones Join Florida Boycott, Quickly Backtrack

Media Claim Jay-Z, Rihanna, Rolling Stones Join Florida Boycott, Quickly Backtrack

It’s been a week since singer Stevie Wonder announced he was boycotting the state of Florida to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin along with the “Stand Your Ground” law.

No other major musicians stepped forward to join Wonder’s boycott. That changed today, according to several media outlets.

Or did it?

TheWrap.com reported that a group of high-profile artists, including Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones and Rihanna joined Wonder’s boycott. Other outlets making similar claims included The Hill and The Huffington Post.

Breitbart News contacted Ticketmaster, and one of its representatives said the Legends of the Summer Tour featuring Timberlake and Jay-Z had not canceled its Aug. 16 show in Miami.

Other outlets, like Mother Jones, reached out to the Rolling Stones and found the band had no plans to boycott the state. The Huffington Post updated its post to say a Rihanna rep also denied the boycott connection.

TheWrap.com relied on April Ryan of AprilDRyan.com as the source of the boycott expansion. Ryan later updated her own post:

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.


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