Kelly Clarkson is scheduled to perform at a concert in Jakarta, Indonesia, soon and since there are no regulations prohibiting the advertising of tobacco products in the country, cigarette companies have sponsored the event and have placed ads using Clarkson’s photo on billboards around the city.
Now, Clarkson has come under firs from anti-smoking groups in the US, who say that if Clarkson goes ahead and performs at the concert, she’ll be advocating smoking tobacco.
In a statement released by the Tobacco-Free Kids organization, their president, Matt Myers says:
“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.”
Clarkson’s camp has not come forward with a statement at the time of writing.