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Verizon Wireless ends Akon partnership

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 4, 2007 01:50 PM

Thank you, readers. Thank you, Laura Ingraham listeners. Thank you, Verizon Wireless:

Verizon decided this week to end its support and sponsorship of Akon.

Jim Gerace

Vice President, Corporate Communications
Verizon Wireless
One Verizon Way
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Akon’s ringtones have been removed by the Verizon Wireless website.

I just spoke with Gerace by phone, and he told me Verizon Wireless had made a “mistake” partnering with Akon.

It’s good to see some corporate responsibility here. Will others step up to the plate?


Update: A reader notes that Verizon is still sponsoring Gwen Stefani’s tour–with Akon as the opening act.

What will they do now?

Update II: Verizon writes that they are no longer sponsoring the Gwen Stefani tour with Akon as opening act. Jim Gerace:

“We are no longer — that was the decision we made this week. If the reader is seeing a poster or something promoting our sponsorship of the tour, it’s only because that material has not yet been destroyed.”


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