Kelly Clarkson Hawked Indonesian Cigarettes, Or Did She?

Anyone got a light? Kelly Clarkson is getting loads of pressure from anti-smoking activists today, after promotional billboards and TV commercials landed in Indonesia pimping her upcoming concert, which is sponsored by L.A. Lights cigarettes. Unlike in the U.S., “in-your-face” tobacco ads are still allowed in Indonesia, but American activists are not amused. Matt Meyers of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids 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.” [Dallas News]

People, calm down. It’s not like she dedicated “My Life Would Suck Without You” to cigarettes.Here are my issues with this brouhaha. First of all, why do people always look to celebrities to fix everything? The Indonesian government hasn’t even tried to regulate tobacco, so who’s rallying against them? Celebrities get jobs based on talent—not activism. Isn’t that what the rest of us should be working on?

Secondly, Kelly doesn’t even smoke. Isn’t seeing Britney Spears second-hand coughing on her kids in tabloids a much worse example?

And third, why would Kelly cancel her concert? She most likely had no say in the advertising and her career isn’t rock solid—she’s can’t go ditching her obligations for morality’s sake.

Did people even acknowledge the fact that Sigourney Weaver hopped out of her “Avatar” pod and said, “Where’s my f**king cigarette?” How more in-your-face can you get? I fully agree that cigarettes and tobacco advertising need to be stopped, but Kelly Clarkson is not the enemy.

What do you guys think?

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