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Will Kelly Clarkson's role-model status go up in smoke now that an upcoming performance overseas is being sponsored by a cigarette company? Anti-smoking activists are going after the original American Idol, after learning that billboards and TV ads promoting the star's upcoming concert in Jakarta are sponsored by L.A. Lights, an Indonesian cigarette brand.
The company has been putting its logo all over the promotional materials for Clarkson's tour, a move which isn't sitting well with some. "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," said Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
"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."
Reps for Clarkson and her record label have not yet commented on the complaints. Her concert at Tennis Indoors Senayan Jakarta is scheduled for April 29.
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