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Akon, the famous R and B star, has been accused of 'mocking' the Ebola victims by crowd-surfing inside a giant plastic bubble. This, it was (erroneously) believed he did to avoid catching Ebola from the crowd.
The singer performed in an airtight blow-up in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday and he was 'rolled' over the crowd of 60,000 screaming fans.
If the fans were thrilled, media (and social media) outlets were less than impressed. Instead of reading it as a creative way of performing closer to his fans, they read it as a callous means of protecting himself from the deadly EVD ravaging 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'.
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