Racist Or Nah? Avril Lavigne Responds After Being Blasted Over “Hello Kitty” Song And Video

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You can “love” someone else’s culture and be racist at the same time, no?

Avril Lavigne Accused Of Racism Over “Hello Kitty” Video

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According to NY Daily News reports:

Avril Lavigne’s new Japanese-themed music video for her song “Hello Kitty” may be eccentric, but the singer says it’s definitely not racist.

The quirky video for her new song shows Lavigne, 29, wearing a cupcake tutu and prancing around Tokyo with a quartet of Asian backup dancers dressed in matching outfits.

She even sings in Japanese in one part of the J-Pop influenced track from her self-titled fifth studio album.

Hello Kitty” was reportedly co-written by her Nickelback husband Chad Kroeger.

Lavigne’s video was blasted by some critics as racist, with Entertainment Weekly saying the Canadian singer “fetishized” Japanese culture. It was called an “embarrassment in any language” by Billboard magazine.

Lavigne’s video drew comparisons to Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku girls. While they appeared in several of Stefani’s videos and tours, the singer introduced them once as her “imaginary friends.”

Comedian Margaret Cho blasted Stefani in 2005 for creating what she considered a “minstrel show” that reinforced negative stereotypes about Asian women.

We think it’s totally possible for her to have worked with all kinds of Japanese people and still produced something that is offensive.

Watch the video below then hit the flip for Avril’s reaction to the backlash:

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