Tobacco Company Sponsorship Rocking Kelly Clarkson Concert
The upcoming concert of American Idol season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson in the islands nation of Indonesia is being marred with controversy as the pop singer refuses to cancel it after she found out that a local cigarette company would sponsor the concert.
The singer is a non-smoker and has never been an advocate of youth smoking.
The Indonesian National Commission on Child Protection, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, the US-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and an Indonesian Muslim organization are all condemning the sponsorship. Accusations that the Emmy Award winner is a spokesperson for the tobacco industry are already mounting.
Clarkson has been given the option to cancel the show but declined to do so as, according to her, it does not justify “penalizing my fans for someone else’s oversight”. Anti-tobacco groups are appealing to her to cancel the show.
She labeled the problem as a lose-lose situation and said that she was not happy about it. She concluded that “…the damage has been done and I refuse to cancel on my fans.”
She felt sad that she is being attacked personally for something she was not aware of in the first place.
Her concert in the nation’s capital, Jakarta, will take place on April 29.