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Kelly Responds To Smoking Controversy

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After ads popped up in Jarkarta, Indonesia will L.A. Lights cigarettes sponsoring Kelly Clarkson's concert, Kelly responded to the controversy on her blog:

"So ….my morning began with finding out that I am all over billboards, tv ads, and other media formats along side a tobacco company who unbeknownst to me is sponsoring my Jakarta date on my current tour. I was not made aware of this and am in no way an advocate or an ambassador for youth smoking. I’m not even a smoker, nor have I ever been. 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. This is a lose-lose situation for me and I am not happy about it but the damage has been done and I refuse to cancel on my fans. 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."

While we think it sucks she's essentially advertising for smoking, we do think it's commendable that she explored her available options and decided not to let down her fans.

Lose-lose situation indeed!

[Image via AP Images.]

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49 comments to “Kelly Responds To Smoking Controversy”

  1. 1

    She should sue them, they can't use her picture or any other thing to do with her without her permission. This is terrible they would do this and make her resort to having to cancel the show. I feel bad for all her fans in Indonesea who cant see her perform and lost their money on her tickets.

  2. 2

    Don't apologize too much, Kelly. While smoking is certainly very bad for your health and should be avoided, there are things worse for you that people think is ok to toss off as being hip. Like heavy drinking and grass. And worse yet, steamrolling over people's feelings and being so jaded you can't see how much you are hurting someone.

  3. 3

    She still has fans??

  4. Bree says – reply to this


    Would love to smack the person who would actually say "Kelly Clarksons show is sponsored by KOOL? OMG Im gonna get one right now!"

  5. 5

    Re: arianapaisley – shes not going to cancel. "i refuse to cancel on my fans".

  6. 6

    Jeez, Kelly it's NOT A BIG DEAL!!!!!!!!!! My God, we're not talking about cocaine here!
    Stop attacking smokers!!!!!!! Instead, Perez, focus on your obesity.

  7. 7

    she is getting fatter, maybe she should start smoking….curb that appetite!

  8. 8

    Bah, who cares!
    Tobacco companies will always find ways to advertise their products, just take look at motor sports…

    I wonder how it would sound if Gaga got a tobacco deal…

  9. SeeMe says – reply to this


    Maybe you should hire someone to read contracts for you so this doesn't happen again (or read them yourself). Is it the fans or $$$?

  10. 10

    ok they didn't have the right to use her image but at the end of the day it's just smoking not heroin, get it together people.

  11. 11

    I wouldn't worry Kelly, underneath Perez' cold hard 'commendation' for keeping your fans happy hes basically giving you shit for having anything to do with cigarettes. KATY PERRY HOWEVER can suck on cancer sticks to her hearts content and she'll say shes HAWT. Way to go Mario.

  12. 12

    What about sponsorship by Mabelline? All that HORRIFYING CHEMICAL TESTING on Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristin Davis, and Adriana Lima…

  13. 13

    Do you think the old lady with the platter on her head will get to see Kelly?

  14. 14

    Smoking is a style of nationality. It's an integral part of their life and culture. So, let local people decide what they will advertise… and "listen without prejudices".
    *by Isexbar.com

  15. 15

    I love her voice but I don't like her personality. I'm still miffed at how shitty she was to Ryan Tedder over the song "Already Gone" .

  16. 16

    Maybe she should start taking responsibility for her career and make it her business to be "aware".

  17. 17

    i used to live in Jakarta for 3 years, what you people dont know is that the cigarette companies sponsor almost every band that comes down there. It is not a big deal, these companies offer thousands of jobs for people in Jakarta, they are some of the most powerful companies in Indonesia. I know that smoking is a serious subject and no one should advocate for it. Kelly isnt advocating for smoking. she is coming to a country and giving people a chance to go to a concert, something that doesn't happen for many people down there. We shouldn't be concentrating on the fact that she is on a smoking billboard, we should commend her for taking the time to come down there and perform, something that not every artist does.

  18. 18

    It's widely known that tobacco companies very often become sponsors of local music concerts and football competitions in Indonesia (my country). Call me ignorant, but I don't know a single person who started smoking because they saw the ads in the event banners. People over here smoke because it's their lifestyle, or to look 'cool' for some. Having said that, all of the controversy regarding this issue is weird.

  19. 19

    "While we think it sucks she's essentially advertising for smoking"
    Why don't you say the same thing about Lady Gaga? She talks about cigarettes on her songs and even wore sunglasses made of them on one of her videos.. I bet she gets paid too

  20. 20

    By the way, it's sad to see the image above. The old lady has to walk around under the hot sun for 10 hours or more only to get 2-3 dollars a day, while it doesn't even take five minutes for the middle and rich class to give up 50 dollars for a two-hour concert. Indonesia, the country of wide disparity.

  21. 21

    Props to Kelly for staying loyal to her fans. It would be easy to make the "controversy" go away by just cancelling the concert. But, this is the kind of artist that Kelly is. She cares about her fans. She's not advocating smoking…that's bs. If she was, she'd be up on stage, puffing away in-between songs. No one starts smoking because they drive past a billboard. Come on now! It's only a story because Mario decided to make it one. Didn't KATY PERRY have the same sponsor when she toured there? Why wasn't that a story then? Oh that's right….Katy's friends with Mario and actually acknowledges that he exists, while Kelly isn't and doesn't give a crap about the phony. And to the poster bringing up Ryan Tedder, this has nothing to do with the situation between her and the I write songs with the same beats over and over again writer.

  22. 22

    Hold on a minute….. the music biz is just that a business. Sponsors for tours include beer, cig's, cell phones etc. Big Deal!!!! Get over this. Being a sponsor on a tour does not mean the artisit smokes or drinks…. it means the sponsor is paying the bills. Miller Lite is a big sponsor, I don't drink should I be as offended? Who cares! It's all about the music and the over priced tickets the fans have to cough up.

  23. 23

    Re: evancalo

    Easy…because he's friends with people like Gaga and Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson can't stand him. I think she "snubbed" him in a restaurant once and he hasn't ever forgotten it. Go Kelly!

  24. 24

    Re: iloverickymartin – What you don't like her personality because she was acting all "shitty" towards Ryan Tedder. That's way beyond crass. Well she wasn't, she was just pissed off that that the tool used the same track for Halo after he wrote Already Gone with her without her knowledge and only found out about it when her record was already in print. Kelly is by the far the nicest celeb out there and that blog shows how classy she is. And you must have no idea who Kelly really is, check out any interview she has done and it shows how awesome and bubbly her personality is.

  25. 25

    Re: sooperdooper – can I just say THANK YOU for saying that:) I am so sick of people trashing smokers, and making them feel ashamed of their habit when there are MILLIONS of obese people walking around stuffing their faces. I long for the day when someone makes a snide remark about my smoking, and I can jab back with I'll quit when you put the doughnut down. My cigarette taxes pay for your healthcare people…BITE ME

  26. 26

    Re: Tiny Dancer

    Exactly…I went to a Kelly show sponsored by Vitamin Water once. Did I drink it? Nope. Did I start to drink it after seeing her show? Nope.

  27. MHE says – reply to this


    I don't understand how a Kelly Clarkson concert promoted by a cigarette company is targeting children. It's not like this is a Wiggles concert.

    Perez, your site is sponsored by Svedka, and you're aware that people who are not of age to drink visit your site daily. Didn't you invite Constance, the lesbian high schooler, to your birthday party which was also sponsored by Alize? According to your logic, aren't you promoting underage drinking?

  28. 28

    Alicia Keys went through the same thing with this. Smoking is rampant in Indonesia and kills something like 200,000 people per year in that country alone. If you go on youtube, you can find video of a 4 year old blowing smoke rings and flicking a butt. His parents say he's been smoking since he was 2. Now I ask you, who puts a lit cigarette in the hands of a 2 yr old, let alone to his lips?

  29. 29

    Re: MHE – I like you. I like you a lot. Well said.

  30. 30

    I luv Kelly, ive seen her in concert and she rocked! And yeah i agree with her. As a non-smoker i wouldn't want a tobacco company sponsoring me either, cause it sends the wrong messege to kids. Go Kelly!!!

  31. 31


  32. 32

    Re: h8terboi – lol:) Thats so adorable. I'm a smoker…but you keep thinking that hun.

  33. 33

    Re: iloverickymartin – Im sorry but that was completely shitty of the one republic singer. They have the same beat to it and I don't care there is no way he didn't notice. He deserved to get legal action against him. That song could have doomed her album just because people assume that she is copying beyonce. Beyonce even knew it and pushed up her album to get it out before Kelly Clarksons went on-sale. So he definately deserved to get called out for being an idiot. Don't get me wrong I love one republic I saw them at my college back in 2007. He just atleast should have admitted his mistake. The lyrics were different just the same tempo and you can especially notice in the beginning

  34. 34

    Hmmmm…. maybe she needs a new team behind her. How did she not know about this?

  35. 35

    I think its aWesome that she stated what she did. No amount of Gaga, asskissing her fans, could ever make her look as responsible as Kelly. Good for her. It was good, she thought about her fans. Kelly is a smart girl.

  36. 36

    Gotta admit, she was fucked either way

  37. 37

    Funny how you claim to know so much about the music business and how it works, and yet you completely jumped the gun and pointed the finger at KC without considering what has now come to light. Once again you show just how ignorant and uninformed you are.

  38. 38

    all you people saying its "JUST" smoking, and its not drugs, you are MORONS! seriously, have you really never experienced the pain and destruction smoking can cause in a family? i think she did the absolute right thing here, and im sure she will be more aware in the future and tell her managers NEVER to let this happen again. QUIT SMOKING YOU IDIOTS!! when i have to stand behind you in line at the grocery store, your smell makes me want to PUKE! beautiful girls at the bar come waltzing in smelling like a dumpster! smokers don't smell it, but we non smokers can't miss it. its foul.

  39. 39

    What a fucking cop-out! It is her responsibility to know what is going on with her tours, who is sponsoring her, etc. Her management should be all over this stuff. After all, someone would have signed a contract with promoters there - whether that be Clarkeson or one of her managers. Of course she's going to cancel - she won't get paid!!!

  40. 40

    does it matter? you sponsor everything you do with alcohol…is that any better??

  41. 41

    God Perea, you are such a fucking two faced whore. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry promote smoking and you don't say anything bad about it. But then Kelly does it and you cause a big fuss. Fuck you. I can't wait till the day when your blog dies.

  42. @v@ says – reply to this


    No, it's being used as more of a corporate pawn; with ensuing collateral politics coming from the anti-smokers.

  43. 43

    OMG! I know Kelly soooo well I basically said exactly what she said in that statement.

    Team KBC

  44. 44

    she DOES NOT ADVERTISE the cigarette, but IN FACT, the cigarette company ADVERTISES HER CONCERT … I don't know how many fans she has here, but the JAKARTANS are crazy about music concert, they don't care who sponsors it, as long as they can watch it … It's rarely been seen any performing singer or band refuse to perform in Indonesia because of the sponsorship … You SHOULD COME to INDONESIA, PEREZ aka MARIO to see what's going on here … IT'S AWFULLY BEAUTIFUL …

  45. 45

    Perez, why you even put Katy's pic holding a cigs while you are complaining about this ad whilst even Kelly didn't hold any of it? Such a hypocrite! It's people rights to smoke or not to smoke…And please…spell Jakarta correctly…instead of just writing, try Google it up before you speak…

  46. 46

    really wth? how she gets tht up there?

  47. 47

    I think it's pathetic that people are upset about who is sponsoring her concert in Indonesia. Indonesia is not North America, they don't give a shit about smoking over there. I know because my brother lives there. I think people need to stop being such busy-bodies and start getting upset about real things - like this stupid war, child traficking, the Catholic Church scandal, gay people not being allowed to get married…etc. There are so many more relevant issues you guys - get motivated to do something that actually matters in your own country!!

  48. 48

    Re: MichLuv – i guess you'll just have to live with that won't you. We have rights too, and there is nothing you can do about it, but shut your trap…or keep bitching. no one's listening anyways;)

  49. 49

    Re: WhathefuckRe: Whathefuck

    What the hell is your problem retard?

    All your comments pick on Kelly for no reason whatsoever.

    What the fuck has Kelly ever done to you.

    And for your information

    All I Ever Wanted was #1 and MLWSWU made the biggest jump to #1 in billboard history.

    So get your fucking facts straight.