An Indonesian tobacco company will no longer sponsor Kelly Clarkson's upcoming concert in Jakarta following objections from anti-tobacco groups and fans, according to The Associated Press.
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Tobacco company PT Djarum had prominently featured their L.A. Lights brand of cigarettes in print, online and TV ads for Clarkson's April 29 concert, but promoter Adrie Subono of Java Musikindo said Thursday that the company has reached a "final agreement" to cancel the sponsorship. He said it would take, at most, two days to pull all the ads across the platforms.
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Clarkson wrote on her blog
Wednesday that she was surprised by the sponsorship and was not advocating smoking. "Unfortunately, my only option at this point was to cancel the show in order to stop the sponsorship. However, I can't justify penalizing my fans for someone else's oversight," she wrote, suggesting the sponsorship could not be dropped.Earlier this week, Clarkson fans set up a website
asking the inaugural American Idol
champ to remove the sponsorship, saying that she is sending the wrong message to children about smoking. Anti-tobacco organizations, including Indonesian National Commission on Child Protection, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, also issued a statement urging her to do the same.
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"If Kelly Clarkson goes ahead with this concert, she is choosing to be a spokesperson for the tobacco industry and helping them to market cigarettes to children," said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "If she rejects tobacco industry sponsorship, she can send a powerful message to children in Indonesia and around the world that they, too, should reject the tobacco industry's deadly products and marketing."
"I think the hardest part of situations like this is getting personally attacked for something I was completely unaware of and being used as some kind of political pawn," Clarkson wrote.