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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