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By Michelle Malkin  •  May 3, 2007 11:32 AM

***1245pm Eastern update: Laura Ingraham has phoned the Verizon exec I mentioned below, John Harrobin, to come on her show to discuss Akon…apparently, he took a half-day off today and won’t be back until next Wednesday…stay tuned and keep up the pressure for accountability…***

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Calling Verizon Wireless exec John Harrobin…anyone home?

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Check this out. Rapper/singer/whatever Akon is a “featured artist” at Verizon Wireless:

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Yes, thanks to Verizon, you can download the explicit version of such classic Akon hits as “Bananza:”

Hey ladies drop it down
Just want to see you touch the ground
Don’t be shy girl go Bananza
Shake ya body like a belly dancer

Hey ladies drop it down
Just want to see you touch the ground
Don’t be shy girl go Bananza (hey girl)
Shake ya body like a belly dancer

Yo, excuse me, beg your pardon girl
Do you have any idea what you starting girl
You got me tingiling, come to me mingiling
Steppin off lookin bootylicious and jingiling
When you walk, I see you baby girl
When you talk, I believe it baby girl
I like that, thick-petite n’ pretty
Little touch is a ditty
Love to work the kitty like purrrrrrr
She loves to stirr it up purrrrrr
I can hear her purring up
Cause shes the type that’ll get arousy of
Get you excited and call her boyfriend up (ohh)
What’s the man without the plan B
We can meet up at the hutter house for the tiki
So stand by like a butty pass
While I watch this beautiful thing shake that ass

Hey ladies drop it down
Just want to see you touch the ground
Don’t be shy girl go Bananza
Shake ya body like a belly dancer

Hey ladies drop it down
Just want to see you touch the ground
Don’t be shy girl go Bananza
Shake ya body like a belly dancer

Girl I must say you the flyest thang in here
So hot I gon’ need some rain in here
Type to make ex-gangstas bang in here
Girl you could do anything you want in here
Clown if you want to, frown if you want to
You ain’t even gotta drop down if you want to
Cause I’d rather see you shake it standin
Either way you do it girl you look outstandin (uhhuuuhh)
And now you got me spending (uhhuuhhh)
The way you got that body bendin (uhhhuhh)
Ass like that girl you gotta be kickin
And we goin to church next day repentent
Lap dancing for my FA crew
Slide it ova to boo cause he want some too
Up in the VIP with no fee
Blessing you with the G even tho we gettin it free so

Hey ladies drop it down
Just want to see you touch the ground
Don’t be shy girl go Bananza
Shake ya body like a belly dancer

Hey ladies drop it down
Just want to see you touch the ground
Don’t be shy girl go Bananza
Shake ya body like a belly dancer

Girl shake ya body body
With somebody body
Whatever you do don’t break your body body
After the party party
Grab a hottie hottie
In the back seat of your Maserati-ratti
Jiggle jiggle it to the left (ah ah ah)
Jiggle jiggle it to the right (ah ah ah)
Jiggle it to the front then jiggle it to the back
And jiggle jiggle it all all night (ah ah ah)

Hey ladies drop it down
Just want to see you touch the ground
Don’t be shy girl go Bananza
Shake ya body like a belly dancer

Hey ladies drop it down
Just want to see you touch the ground
Don’t be shy girl go Bananza
Shake ya body like a belly dancer

Hey ladies drop it down
Just want to see you touch the ground
Don’t be shy girl go Bananza
Shake ya body like a belly dancer

Hey ladies drop it down
Just want to see you touch the ground
Don’t be shy girl go Bananza
Shake ya body like a belly dancer

Is Verizon Wireless out of its mind? As we reported at Hot Air yesterday, Akon is in deep doo-doo in Trinidad over his vulgar sexual molestation of a 15-year-old girl during one of his trademark “performances.” The incident is being investigated by police authorities in Trinidad and the country’s prime minister has condemned the performer and his posse. I suggest Verizon Wireless executives watch the video, which was a hot topic on The Laura Ingraham radio show this morning:

Will Hillary apply her “Rutgers Pledge” to Verizon Wireless?

Where’s Obama?

Will Al Sharpton name names and target Akon in his march against hip-hop today?

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Verizon is just one of Akon’s many corporate enablers. As I note in the Hot Air report, Akon appeared on Fox’s American Idol recently and he’s currently on tour with Gwen Stefani. It’s the decision by Verizon Wireless to market his explicit lyrics and songs–and quotes like this one from a top Verizon Wireless exec–that put the company at the top of the pressure list:

“Akon has emerged as one of the world’s most compelling and exciting stars,” stated Vice President of Marketing and New Media for Verizon, John Harrobin. “His commitment to his artistry and the community enables us to take our partnership with music industry innovators in yet another direction by collaborating on this unique TV advertising campaign.”

“Artistry?!”

Are you a Verizon Wireless customer wondering why the company is promoting vulgar, misoygnist trash? The customer relations phone number is 1-800-483-7988. [Update: that’s the land service. The right number is 866-673-9561.] Ask the company to do the right thing.

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MM.com reader and Laura Ingraham listener Irma e-mails Verizon’s code of conduct:

Verizon’s Code of Conduct

Verizon is proud of its leadership and reputation as a world-class company that is committed to the highest ethical standards. Our Verizon roots have a long history of commitment to integrity and respect. The corporation’s commitment to those standards and values is defined in Verizon’s Code of Conduct.

We are pleased to share our Code of Conduct (134 KB .pdf) to let our customers and all of our business partners know that integrity and respect serve as the overarching principles for how Verizon conducts its business. Our goal is to be the most respected brand in communications by making and keeping promises to our customers, our communities, our shareholders, and our employees. The Verizon Commitment and Values, which appears on the inside cover of our Code of Conduct, highlights these commitments.

If you want to submit an inquiry or complaint to the Office of Ethics and Business Conduct, please call the VZ Ethics and EEO GuideLine at 800 856-1885 (800 968-4586 TTY) or visit www.verizonguideline.com.

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