The backstory is simple– Akon, who has sold a ton of albums (3 million of his second album, according to the story) has claimed this whole time that he spent three and a half years in prison for being the leader of a notorious car theft ring that focused on Porsches, BMWs, etc. etc. Problem is, it never happened.
Now, this just got out, so I don’t know anything about the reaction either Akon himself or his publicist, record company, etc. will have (they’ve already denied to comment), but as I see it, there’s only one solution, considering he’s in danger of becoming a 21st-century Milli Vanilli: to laugh it off.
The only move to save his career (and even then, we’ll see) would be, like: “Oh, you guys just figured this out? Huh, took you long enough, suckers.” Am I right? Because anything else will seem like backpedaling, he has no choice but to man up to the accusations and call everyone in the media an idiot for taking so long. Right? I mean, what else can he do?
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