Kelly Clarkson Addresses the Jakarta Tobacco Tour Sponsorship Controversy

Kelly Clarkson addresses the controversy swirling around the sponsorship of her Indonesian concert dates by a tobacco company, via 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.

Kelly

How did Kelly’s people not know who was sponsoring her shows? Kelly is correct–the damage is done. There’s no point in penalizing the fans for the mix-up.

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16 Comments

  1. How did Kelly’s people not know who was sponsoring her shows?

    I think that kind of thing happens all the time when you’ve got management who isn’t familiar with the local market and just hands things off to the promoter. The promoter is just looking for somebody to front advertising costs and whatnot and they’re not concerned about the image of the person whose concert they’re promoting. I doubt Kelly or her people had to sign off on the sponsor and it may not have been in their contract that they could control who the sponsor is. It’s less likely to happen when you have an American act in America or an Indonesian act in Indonesia. But put an Indonesian act in America or an American act in Indonesia and there’s more likely to be communications lapses.

    Good blog from Kels.

  2. I am a fan, and I’m glad she’s definitely keeping them in mind. I was going to suggest that maybe she could find new sponsors. But I found out that the show is a week from tomorrow, which basically would make it extremely hard and impossible to do so. Surely, they haven’t just now started advertising. Not to sound all conspiracy theorist, but why is this a big deal now?

  3. I am glad that she addressed it. It’s kinda strange that you can have concerts sponsored by a liquor company and nobody gets their panties in a twist. Cigarettes suck, and they are habit forming and disgusting, but they are also legal. We all know people shill for stuff they don’t use or advocate all the time. Pop tarts anyone? I mean there is probably enough sugar in them to fuel a three year old all day. Probably some sodium, and high fructose corn syrup too. Enough already. I am glad she didn’t cancel her concert too, that would be unfair to her fans.

  4. So they just plasted their logo and sponsored it without her knowing? If I were her, I would cancel the shows, sue the tobacco company for doing that without knowing and send an apology to all the fans. After that, a new show should be scheduled.

  5. I doubt Kelly or her people had to sign off on the sponsor and it may not have been in their contract that they could control who the sponsor is. It’s less likely to happen when you have an American act in America or an Indonesian act in Indonesia. But put an Indonesian act in America or an American act in Indonesia and there’s more likely to be communications lapses.

    I am glad that she addressed it. It’s kinda strange that you can have concerts sponsored by a liquor company and nobody gets their panties in a twist. Cigarettes suck, and they are habit forming and disgusting, but they are also legal. We all know people shill for stuff they don’t use or advocate all the time. Pop tarts anyone? I mean there is probably enough sugar in them to fuel a three year old all day. Probably some sodium, and high fructose corn syrup too. Enough already. I am glad she didn’t cancel her concert too, that would be unfair to her fans.

    As a person who lost a parent to lung cancer due to smoking and a non-smoker myself.. you’d think I’d be the first to be up in arms about this.. but I’m not. Unless they are spiking the cancer sticks with a little pot… its all legal. Plus this isn’t in the US. There is such a think a cultural differences and perceptions. If it is ok in Jakarta then rock on. I don’t care if she knew about it in the first place or not. She big enough now not to know every single detail that is involved in her tour/promotion… plus aren’t performances and such overseas often done through a third party promoter?

  6. I am not a fan, have never listened to her music (except when it is sung on AI), but I applaud her for addressing the issue and refusing to cancel her show.

    Everything “WE AMERICANS” do can’t be forced onto other cultures, if they don’t find smoking offensive then so be it. If they are sponsoring her show, so what. Do you think non-milk drinkers would cancel a concert if the dairy association was a sponsor!!!

  7. I am not a Kelly fan either, but I respect the position she was placed in and how she handled it. Rock on, Kelly.

  8. She did the right thing. Lesson learned. I’m sure next time the management will be more careful about it.

  9. Good for you, Kelly. Don’t disappoint your fans. No one forces anyone to smoke. It’s their choice. Don’t try to blame anything about smoking on Kelly. Oh, because Kelly was sponsored by a tobacco company, smoking is cool? Come on. All overblown hype.

  10. I think Kelly did the right thing. It would be foolish of her to back out of something to which she was contractually obliged and disappoint her fans.

    I think that she addressed the issue directly, and mentioned that she didn’t in any way endorse youth smoking, might actually affect more kids (in a good way) than the ad would have in the first place. But who knows??

  11. Well this again proves that Kelly needs to change her management/label once her contract ends. Hope that she can find a new label which really appreciates her talent and stops forcing her to sing crappy teenpop songs like “I do not hook up” or “My life would suck without you” which are more for talentless slut like Katy Perry.

  12. The promotor pulled the tobacco sponsor, so the show will go on! Woohoo!!

  13. Someone in her team should have known and shouldn’t have okayed the sponsor. I always admire Kelly for speaking out and addressing controversies.

    Cigarettes, otoh, aren’t the devil. Foods with high sugar content, especially marketing to kids, also cause death and disease. Cattle fed on corn instead of grass encourages obesity. The list goes on. High fructose corn syrup is an evil substance in almost every food we buy. I have become a vigilant label-reader. I quit smoking years ago, but the sugar will kill you too, with diabetis and heart disease. And that’s not to mention genetically altered foods. Nicotine is not the only “evil” substance.

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