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[SAT. ENT WEEKLY] AKON PERFORMS IN GIANT BALLOON TO AVOID EBOLA IN CONGO, CRITICS SAY ACTION IS EXTREME AS HIS LABEL DEFENDS HIM.

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Saturday, 04 October 2014
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R&B star Akon has been accused of going to extreme
lengths to avoid catching Ebola during a concert in
Africa … by crowd-surfing inside a giant plastic bubble.
The ‘Locked Up’ singer climbed inside the airtight blow-
up during a performance in Goma, in the Democratic
Republic of Congo, on Sunday and rolled over the
crowd, pushed along by the outstretched hands of
60,000 screaming concert-goers.
But his actions prompted breathless reports from
certain media outlets that, rather than just being a
creative way of performing closer to his fans, it was a
cynical attempt to shield himself from the deadly virus
that is sweeping West Africa.
‘The Ebola virus is no joke,’ harrumphed The Source
website. ‘And to avoid contracting it from anybody,
when Akon left the stage to crowd surf with the people
that were attending his concert, he did so in a huge
plastic protective bubble.’
What the website did not report was that the five-time
Grammy nominee has performed inside the stage prop
on a number of previous occasions including in Perth,
Australia, and Dubai, both in 2010. Neither of those
countries were battling Ebola outbreaks at the time.
‘As Akon, I see myself as a child of Africa,’ the artist
told the crowd, who is of Senegalese descent and spent
time in Senegal as a child, which he calls his
‘hometown’.

links to images: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2779114/R-B-star-Akon-accused-going-extreme-lengths-avoid-catching-Ebola-crowd-surfing-giant-bubble-African-concert.html

source: dailymail

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