These are the only artists from Ryans list of 23 artists who have announced they are joining Wonders effort.
Ryan has since updated her post with a disclaimer: 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 Huffington Post, hearing from artists' reps that the list was not true (but not willing to go on the record), later wrote a story discrediting its original post.
The shows still go on
We did our own reporting. Most of the artists do not have upcoming tour dates in Florida. Rihanna, for example, was just in Tampa in April. Madonna is not on tour.
"This leg of Rod Stewart's tour hasn't ever included Florida dates so that isn't accurate," said Hannah Kampf, a spokeswoman for Stewart.
A spokeswoman for the Rolling Stones told Mother Jones no one in the band had "heard anything about this."
Timberlake and Jay Z do have their shared "Legends of the Summer" concert on Aug. 16 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Timberlake has another concert planned for December in Orlando.
If the show is off, no one told the ticket vendors, updated either artists website or informed the venues. Sun Life Stadium tweeted us that the concert "is on as scheduled."
Funk maestro George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, also named among artists boycotting Florida, is scheduled to play in Tallahassee on July 28. We found nothing to contradict that. And funk stars Maze and Frankie Beverly are still slated to perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Sept. 15, a spokeswoman confirmed to tbt*, a daily tabloid published by the Tampa Bay Times.
The Internet is rife with claims of Stevie Wonders beefed-up Florida boycott. Its short on proof.
Most of the stars identified in social media lists may have spoken out against the verdict or in support of Trayvon, but we havent seen them go the extra mile and call off shows until the "stand your ground" law is abolished. With the exception of two smaller acts that arent included in some iterations of the meme, we could not find evidence to back up the notion that scores of acts are joining up with Wonder's boycott.
We rate this statement False.