Kelly Clarkson Responds to Ciggie-Gate, Disappoints Anti-Smoking Advocates

Where there’s smoke, there’s Kelly Clarkson. At least in Jakarta.

The American Idol alum found herself in the middle of a fuming debate, after it was discovered that an upcoming concert of hers in the Indonesian city is being sponsored by cigarette company LA Lights, and that billboards featuring her image in conjunction with the cigarette company had been posted arond town.

After mulling the subsequent controversy, Clarkson has decided not to cancel the show for her fans’ sake, explaining on her Web site,

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.


Smart move, or should she have canceled? Share your thoughts in the comments section!