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Gwen and Akon Dumped By Verizon

Verizon has pulled its sponsorship of Gwen's Sweet Escape Tour as a result of the disturbing video of Akon (her opening act) simulating sex on-stage with a girl who turned out to be only 15-years-old. The video made its way around the internet and his actions were so disturbing that it's no shock that there are professional repercussions.

Gwen's manager, Jim Guerinot, however, had this to say: "Akon has been a perfect gentleman on this tour. His show has at best been a PG show. Children of all ages have been attending. We have had no complaints -- nothing but satisfied people. And I would say that we're shocked that Verizon would drop Gwen Stefani as part of this whole debate."

Even so, losing the tour's main sponsor must be rough. Maybe it's time for Gwen to look into finding herself another opening act.

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hurricanekimmie hurricanekimmie 8 years
i used to love akonn i will still llike his music but not him as a person so thats what my friend was saying by akons suvch a pervv
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
Wow. As a woman it's embarrassing to read some of the comments on here. Ladies, wake up. What Akon did was wrong and disgusting. I don't care what age the girl was or if she enjoyed it (which by the way, I didn't see her face at all in that video so how can you say she was smiling and enjoying it?). Akon is a grown man and HE should have known better. It's so sad that people find nothing wrong with this.
JKe895 JKe895 9 years
Wow! That's a big deal! I would have changed my opening act.
babylish babylish 9 years
how can they be surprised??? did they think that gwen had no fans under the age of 21? OBVIOUSLY corporate spinsors will pull out from having faux-sex on stage, pfffff
Drewsfan Drewsfan 9 years
It sounds to me like he conned the girls into going up onstage, but who knows how skewed the story is. http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_news?id=161129187 This is the statement from her father: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_news?id=161131763
poisonivy poisonivy 9 years
I can't belive some people call what Akon was doing dancing?!! You must be retarded. I didn't know humping someone on the floor in different positions is dancing. Never ever saw that in a club. And did it look like the girl could even get away? Please he latched onto her and she could barely detach herself. This is shocking and completely rude of him. Are you sure its an 18 and over club? Doesn't matter anyway, thats disgusting and went on way to long.
poisonivy poisonivy 9 years
I can't belive some people call what Akon was doing dancing?!! You must be retarded. I didn't know humping someone on the floor in different positions is dancing. Never ever saw that in a club. And did it look like the girl could even get away? Please he latched onto her and she could barely detach herself. This is very, very shocking and completely rude of him. Are you sure its an 18 and over club? Doesn't matter anyway, thats disgusting and went on way to long.
highsociety1 highsociety1 9 years
Yet another big uproar about nothing! Akon is an ENTERTAINER, not a bouncer/ID checker. He had every reason to believe that the girl was of the appropriate age; if anyone should be held accountable, it should be the club and her parents. Her legs wrapped around him like a vise hardly screams "victim", either.
highsociety1 highsociety1 9 years
Yet another big uproar about nothing!Akon is an ENTERTAINER, not a bouncer/ID checker. He had every reason to believe that the girl was of the appropriate age; if anyone should be held accountable, it should be the club and her parents. Her legs wrapped around him like a vise hardly screams "victim", either.
etab etab 9 years
okay- gotcha :) just makin' sure...
etab etab 9 years
okay- gotcha :) just makin' sure...
serena serena 9 years
estab - I know you weren't blaming the girl and my post wasn't directed towards you. I agree with part of what you said about us taking a stand against music videos that are degrading to women, but I also think we need to take a stand against all degrading and exploitative behavior in general so that the girls of this generation do not grow up thinking that it is normal and O.K. for men to treat them like trash. NO girl or woman of any age WANTS to be used like she nothing but a sexual object. If we say what Akon did is no big deal and that this girl somehow asked for it by looking older than she is, then what are we really saying about who we are as women and what in the world are we saying to young girls about their identity and their sexuality?
etab etab 9 years
Serena, I hope that you did not think I was blaming the girl. I just think it is interesting how we pick and choose what bothers us and what we have become numb to.
diimpz17 diimpz17 9 years
The girl was 14 and her father was a pastor. Anyways I saw the video weeks ago and she looked way older than a teenager. He didn't know that she was that age though I think he should have never done that to begin with. They should have never dropped Gwen for what he did. She had nothing to do with it.
VaneM77 VaneM77 9 years
All his songs annoy me after a while anyways!
serena serena 9 years
Wow. How can anyone NOT find this video disturbing?! Does it really matter whether the girl in this video is 15, looks like she is 15 or really looks like she is 18? If she was 18 and Akon simulated RAPE (not sex, sex is consensulal - it is simulated rape), that would be o.k.? I am of legal age, my friends are of legal age, and I can assure you that NONE of us would want something like this to happen. Gwen herself is rating this concert PG. So this 15 year-old girl's crime is sneaking out to a supposedly PG concert. Some of you are suggesting that the punishment fits the crime. Some of you are suggesting this young girl deserves this?! Be careful. Men who rape women often say the woman deserved it because she was wearing provacative clothing. And men who are child abusers often say that the little girl they sexually abuse "looked older". I am sure a lot of the women here (like myself) once snuck out of the house as a teenager, or enjoy dressing sexy on occasion. And i'm sure NONE of us deserves to be raped, or to have similutad rape played out on a stage. For the record, this tennage girl is being tossed around like a rag doll. She looks shocked and scared. It looks like she physically CAN'T protest. I have lost all respoect for Gwen. How dare she rate this concert PG after seeing this footage. She should be ashamed of herself! I am sure she saw the footage of Tara Reid at this concert as well. Good for Veerizon for showing they have a conscience. And for showing WOMEN everywhere that this behavior is WRONG and will not be tolerated.
serena serena 9 years
Wow. How can anyone NOT find this video disturbing?! Does it really matter whether the girl in this video is 15, looks like she is 15 or really looks like she is 18? If she was 18 and Akon simulated RAPE (not sex, sex is consensulal - it is simulated rape), that would be o.k.? I am of legal age, my friends are of legal age, and I can assure you that NONE of us would want something like this to happen.Gwen herself is rating this concert PG. So this 15 year-old girl's crime is sneaking out to a supposedly PG concert. Some of you are suggesting that the punishment fits the crime. Some of you are suggesting this young girl deserves this?! Be careful. Men who rape women often say the woman deserved it because she was wearing provacative clothing. And men who are child abusers often say that the little girl they sexually abuse "looked older". I am sure a lot of the women here (like myself) once snuck out of the house as a teenager, or enjoy dressing sexy on occasion. And i'm sure NONE of us deserves to be raped, or to have similutad rape played out on a stage. For the record, this tennage girl is being tossed around like a rag doll. She looks shocked and scared. It looks like she physically CAN'T protest.I have lost all respoect for Gwen. How dare she rate this concert PG after seeing this footage. She should be ashamed of herself! I am sure she saw the footage of Tara Reid at this concert as well.Good for Veerizon for showing they have a conscience. And for showing WOMEN everywhere that this behavior is WRONG and will not be tolerated.
etab etab 9 years
There's a lot of different factors at fault here- Akon, parents, the venues security, the girl, and so forth. The fact of the matter is that this kind of behavior goes on in every club, disgusting, but TRUE. I've seen it. It bothered me, but....? Like I said before, rap and hip hop and r&b videos show worse stuff than this everyday. Why does this bother everyone so much? Assuming the girl WAS of age- and should've been- this was par for the course. Let's take a stand against the music and it's lyrics and actions as a whole if we don't want this sort of thing to happen. Otherwise- it happens everywhere all the time.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
gig did you see the video at all, girl was definitely not that surprised nor was she even upset.She did not look like she was in pain or like she was a victim, victims try and put up a fight, shown some dissatisfaction while it was going on or immediately complain , they don't wait until the video comes out of their underageself in a nightclub and start saying they were molested, she did not have Rohypnol or GHB in her so she could have acted at any time. I have been jumped on before and I have let the boys know in no uncertain terms that that will be the last time they ever touch a woman and they have backed off. If the girl sneaked out of the house to go to a no-under 18 club she should have been prepared for anything to happen. I go out and yet I know that there are many unsavoury situations I can get in and I protect myself, yes I have been to bars where I am underage but I've been careful. Verizon is just doing this now let this all blow over and they'll be back does anyone remember Burberry stripping the Kate Moss ads down but look now she's back with them. What a facking liberty!!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
gig did you see the video at all, girl was definitely not that surprised nor was she even upset.She did not look like she was in pain or like she was a victim, victims try and put up a fight, shown some dissatisfaction while it was going on or immediately complain , they don't wait until the video comes out of their underageself in a nightclub and start saying they were molested, she did not have Rohypnol or GHB in her so she could have acted at any time.I have been jumped on before and I have let the boys know in no uncertain terms that that will be the last time they ever touch a woman and they have backed off. If the girl sneaked out of the house to go to a no-under 18 club she should have been prepared for anything to happen. I go out and yet I know that there are many unsavoury situations I can get in and I protect myself, yes I have been to bars where I am underage but I've been careful.Verizon is just doing this now let this all blow over and they'll be back does anyone remember Burberry stripping the Kate Moss ads down but look now she's back with them.What a facking liberty!!
earthylovingirl earthylovingirl 9 years
Righ On purplesugar! how pathetic seeing how people condone this behavior. i'm glad Verizon did what they did. they both deserve it, you are known by the company you keep!
gig gig 9 years
Go purplesugar!! For those of you who have said that this was what you saw at a bachelorette party should check out the statement that the girl released. She said that what he did was "unexpected" he was jumping on her so hard that her head was "hitting the floor"!!!! The statement is on thatotherblog.com For those of you who are blaming this girls parents, maybe she sneeked out of the house without them knowing about it...and who hasn't done something like that. I'm in my mid 20's who knows nothing about Akon. If a friend of mine said "hey, Akon is in town. Want to go." I wouldn't know the stage routine and might go. If I got pulled out of the audience I could NEVER fathom something like that happening to me and truthfully, I would sue his ass so fast his head would spin. Please don't play blame the victim. No one really knows the facts behind all of this.
gig gig 9 years
Go purplesugar!! For those of you who have said that this was what you saw at a bachelorette party should check out the statement that the girl released. She said that what he did was "unexpected" he was jumping on her so hard that her head was "hitting the floor"!!!!The statement is on thatotherblog.comFor those of you who are blaming this girls parents, maybe she sneeked out of the house without them knowing about it...and who hasn't done something like that. I'm in my mid 20's who knows nothing about Akon. If a friend of mine said "hey, Akon is in town. Want to go." I wouldn't know the stage routine and might go. If I got pulled out of the audience I could NEVER fathom something like that happening to me and truthfully, I would sue his ass so fast his head would spin. Please don't play blame the victim. No one really knows the facts behind all of this.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
We all go off on alec and David for being bad parents and Kate Moss for having a heroin addict around her child but less than 10 posts here have mentioned the parents of this child. What a facking liberty!!
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