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Sponsored by Cigar Company, Kelly Clarkson Is Under Fire

April 21, 2010 (7:30 am) GMT
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids wants the singer to take action against Indonesian tobacco company that puts the brand's logo on the promotional posters.
Sponsored by Cigar Company, Kelly Clarkson Is Under Fire

Anti-smoking protesters have taken aim at pop star for lighting up a fuming feud in Indonesia by appearing in billboard ads for cigarette company Djarum. The tobacco firm's bosses are sponsoring the "Since U Been Gone" hitmaker's April 29 concert in Jakarta - and they've splashed their L.A. Lights brand logo all over posters advertising the show.

The marketing ploy comes two years after objected to a similar tobacco-fueled sponsorship deal in Indonesia. The "No One" singer insisted the cigarette logo was removed from all ads promoting her Jakarta concert, and U.S.-based anti-smoking groups want Clarkson to do the same.

Matt Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, tells the Associated Press, "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."

"She has the power now to turn this situation around and to send a clear message to Indonesian young people and, frankly, to the young people of the world."

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