Kelly Clarkson show sponsor pulled
Published 22/04/2010 | 15:07
Kelly Clarkson's forthcoming Indonesia concert will no longer be sponsored by a cigarette company following protests from fans and anti-tobacco groups.
The former American Idol winner had initially indicated that the sponsorship could not be pulled and that the show would go on.
But promoter Adrie Subono has now said that his company had reached a "final agreement" with cigarette company Djarum, the maker of LA Lights, and the sponsorship had been cancelled.
"There will be no (LA Lights) media promotion at the Kelly Clarkson concert," he told The Associated Press.
Kelly previously said that she was surprised to learn that billboards announcing her April 29 Jakarta concert were prominently branded with the logo but wrote in her blog "I refuse to cancel on my fans".
In recent days, Kelly's Facebook page has been flooded with fans begging her to reject the cigarette sponsorship, saying she is sending the wrong message to kids.
Anti-tobacco groups have blasted the singer for using her image to sell products that kill 200,000 Indonesians every year.
Kelly, who has said she is not a smoker and does not advocate it, fired back in her blog: "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."
In a similar dispute two years ago, Grammy winner Alicia Keys apologised to fans and denounced the sponsorship of her Indonesian concert by an affiliate of US tobacco giant Philip Morris International. She went ahead with the show, but only after the cigarette logo was removed from her promotions.