Yes. At least this story received enough attention to get this foul “artist” dumped.

You might recall that the singer, who has collaborated with Eminem and Gwen Stefani, told the crowd at a concert in Trinidad that he was going to have a dance off, and the winning young woman would receive a trip to Africa. The only prize the “winner” received was to be dry-humped all across the stage (see the video, which is hard to stomach, after the flip). Akon’s big problem, aside from the deception and treatment of women, is that the “winner” was an underaged teen.

Verizon Wireless has pulled its sponsorship of R&B/hip-hop artiste Akon, Jim Gerace, the company’s corporate strategy, policy manager, confirmed yesterday.

“We didn’t provide a statement or have one. I simply told Fox that we decided this week to stop sponsoring Akon. That’s all we have to say about it,” Gerace said.

When asked about the reason for the end of the Verizon/Akon partnership, Gerace told the Express: “We did not give them (Fox) a reason. We made the decision this week is all we are saying.”

…”We have music services on our cellphone service and we were promoting him as one of the artists. The other part of the sponsorship was the Gwen Stefani tour, of which he was an opening act. We are no longer sponsoring the tour.” Akon was scheduled to perform at Gwen Stefani’s tour, The Sweet Escape.

More coverage on Verizon’s action:

Verizon really didn’t want to see Akon “Smack That.”

The communications company scrapped its partnership with the 25-year-old rapper Friday after a video was released that shows him simulating sex onstage with an underage girl during an Apr.12 concert in Trinidad.

Akon’s idea of entertainment — turning, twisting and even flipping a young teen across the stage in sexual positions.

* Hip hop star Akon dry humps 14-year-old onstage
* Russell Simmons calls for ‘clean up’ of hip-hop

Hat tips to Robin and Emily.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding