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Akon Dropped from Verizon, Issues Statement

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Akon Dropped from Verizon, Issues Statement

I usually don’t talk about Akon on this blog cause I got sick and tired of his omnipresence a long time ago. Case in point: somehow my clock radio alarm got switched from buzz to radio mode this past week, so I hear this dude’s voice almost three times before I even get out of bed in the morning. But I digress…

Still, I must speak up for the dude because he’s getting a bum deal. If you didn’t know, Akon was spotted dry humping a 14 year old girl on stage in Trinidad. After the video surfaced on the Internet, Verizon Wireless pulled their sponsorship of Akon’s tour with Gwen Stefani and removed his top-selling ringtones from their service. After this money got pulled, Akon issued the following statement:

“I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I’ve caused to the young woman who joined me onstage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert,” Akon said.

“It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience,” he said. “Somehow, that standard was not met.”

So first off, boo to Verizon for dropping their sponsorship. How in the hell are you gonna endorse somebody who has a song called “I Wanna F**k You” and then back away like you didn’t know what the hell this dude was about? But that’s corporate America for you. As for the girl, her parents are to blame for this one. If your scantly clad 14 year old girl is getting into clubs and dancing on stage with older men then you have your own problems to deal with.

So Akon, keep your head up. Just don’t wake me up with your whiny voice at 6 in the morning.


  • http://www.soulculture.co.uk Ms.Marsha

    Akon annoys my ears. But you make a valid point about Verizon!

  • SleepingIn

    First of all– his song isn’t called “I wanna f**k you, underage girl”

    Second of all– It wasn’t a night club, it was a concert… 14 year old girls go to concerts all the time. No?

    Thirdly– He didn’t write that apology, his publicist did.

    And finally– Even if she was 30 years old, luring a girl on stage to “dance with you” and throwing her around and simulating sex with her are two totally different things.

    Look up the history of Sponsors dropping clients in the past and you’ll see that this is not an unprecedented event. No one is picking on poor little Akon, this is just the way it works.

  • SleepingIn

    First of all– his song isn’t called “I wanna f**k you, underage girl”

    Second of all– It wasn’t a night club, it was a concert… 14 year old girls go to concerts all the time. No?

    Thirdly– He didn’t write that apology, his publicist did.

    And finally– Even if she was 30 years old, luring a girl on stage to “dance with you” and then throwing her around and simulating sex with her are two totally different things.

    Look up the history of Sponsors dropping clients in the past and you’ll see that this is not an unprecedented event. No one is picking on poor little Akon- he just F’d up, and now he has to accept the consequences of his action.

  • http://thecouchsessions.com Stone

    Man, I gotta reply to this:

    >>First of all– his song isn’t called “I wanna f**k you, underage girl”

    True, STILL when you the artist that you’re sponsoring has songs like this how can you sit there and be shocked when he takes that song literally on stage?

    >>Second of all– It wasn’t a night club, it was a concert… 14 year old girls go to concerts all the time. No?

    No. It was a concert AT a NIGHTCLUB. The legal age to get into the venue is 18. Nobody is disputing the fact that this girl was not supposed to be there.

    >>Thirdly– He didn’t write that apology, his publicist did.

    True Dat

    >>And finally– Even if she was 30 years old, luring a girl on stage to “dance with you” and then throwing her around and simulating sex with her are two totally different things.

    I’m not saying that this behavior is wrong. Dudes shouldn’t be dry humping women on stage, but all, I’m just saying considering the content of his songs, that it should be expected.

    Look up the history of Sponsors dropping clients in the past and you’ll see that this is not an unprecedented event. No one is picking on poor little Akon- he just F’d up, and now he has to accept the consequences of his action.

    True, but Verizon knew what risk it took when it hired Akon and wanted to ride the money train as long as it could. Personally I think its because of the whole Imus/Decency in Hip-Hop issue and Verizon doesn’t want to get heat from the “religious right.” It’s all a tax deduction for them anyway.

    And…like Marsha said..the dude’s voice is annoying as hell!

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