Kelly Clarkson Butts Out of Big Concert

April 21, 2010 By:
Kelly Clarkson Butts Out of Big Concert

Kelly Clarkson has had one hell of a week. After prepping for weeks for her Jakarta, Indonesia concert, she's had to pull the plug and break away.

Anti-smoking activists got fired up when they found out L.A. Lights, an Indonesian cigarette brand, was supporting Kelly's big show. And they gave her so much heat for it, she ended up canceling the entire show!

Kelly said, “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.”

Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids basically said Kelly would be endorsing underage smoking if she went through with the show. "If Kelly Clarkson goes ahead with the concert, she is by choice being a spokesman for the tobacco industry and helping them to market to children."

Do you think its fair for Kelly to have to cancel the show? Do you believe she had no idea who was sponsoring her concert?