Pitbull announced yesterday via his Twitter and his website, www.PlanetPit.com, that he was canceling the May 31 date of his "Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval" tour in Phoenix, AZ to protest the recent passing of the state's polarizing SB1070 legislation.
"I am canceling my concert in Phoenix on May 31. How is the country we enjoy and love bcuz of its human rights, freedom, opportunity and that has been built by immigrants, now start 2 deny them?" he asked. "It is contradicting 2 everything the USA stands 4."
The Miami based rapper is the latest in a long line of Latino celebs who have stood up against the new immigration laws. Shakira went on a media tour blasting the new legislation, while Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and a slew of other celebs have participated in marches and boycotts of the state. Even the city of Los Angeles has joined in; the city council recently approved a measure that forbids any official travel to the state and pursues the cancellation of all $58 million in city contracts to Arizona companies. More than 23 events have been canceled since the new laws were passed.