Akon didn't perform in a bubble in DR Congo because of Ebola, he was just having a fun time for himself

Singer wasn't so much "locked up" as bubble-wrapped in Africa last week

Christopher Hooton
Friday 03 October 2014 10:31 BST

Ebola scaremongering knows no bounds, first there were reports of the virus creating "zombies", and now Akon has allegedly crowd-surfed in a bubble during a concert in Africa "to avoid contracting it".

"Akon Performed In A Bubble In Africa To Avoid Contracting Ebola" a headline on The Source screamed yesterday, a strange conclusion that was echoed by thousands of people on Twitter.

The concert in question took place on 21 September and was part of International Peace Day celebrations in Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so it would have been pretty galling if Akon had honoured the occasion and its message of unity by sealing himself off from the crowd.

Yes, isolation is employed to help stop the spread of the virus, but in this case Akon wasn't worried about contracting it at the event, he was merely gleefully bouncing around on the crowd in the giant ball for the hedonistic thrill of it.


If you don't believe me, here's the Flaming Lips doing the same in Washington DC in 2009.

And Diplo bubble crowd-surfing in Ottawa, Canada in 2012.

Akon previously got inside a bubble in Perth and Dubai too. Maybe they had a nasty cold out there?

No, the real mystery here is why Akon is still getting shows in 2014.

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