Hey Parents, Use Avril Lavigne’s ‘Hello Kitty’ Video To Teach Your Kids About Racism

Avril Lavigne Hello Kitty Racist Avril Lavigne  in the new video for Hello Kitty should be totally kid-friendly, at least at first glance. Even though she is almost 30-years-old, she still looks like a tween with her faux Skrillex multi-colored hair and her little cupcake skirt she purchased at some Katy Perry yard sale. Plus, the song is all about Hello Kitty, or at least that is the title of it until you actually listen to the song and realize it is all about Lavigne’s vagina. I don’t want to pick on her. She is harmless bubblegum post pink-pop and I have always felt sort of bad for Avril. Until I watched this video.

If you have a young daughter at home and play this video with the volume turned up, she will run into the room all excited that someone is singing a song about Hello Kitty. At least my own daughter did. Hello Kitty is awesome and adorable and I think all kids love her. But you can’t really share this video with your own children, unless you feel like explaining to them all about why people shouldn’t be used as props and how Tokyo isn’t just some candy colored cupcake fun land filled with submissive Japanese schoolgirls who behave like robots. It’s so racist that I can’t even. Plus, as I mentioned above, I’m pretty sure Avril is not actually singing about everyone’s favorite mouth-less kitty, but actually, about her vagina:

Come come Kitty Kitty
You’re so silly silly
Don’t go Kitty Kitty
Play with me

Yuck-o, right? Plus, additional lyrics include:

Let’s all slumber party
Like a fat kid on a pack of Smarties
Someone chuck a cupcake at me

So there you have it. Horrible cultural appropriation which Avril should have learned her lesson from Gwen Stefani‘s Harajuku Girls in 2004, creepy vaginal references, and shaming fat kids. Awesome! Hopefully any parents who have kids who geek out over this video will take a few moments to explain to them how problematic this while candy-colored mess is.

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    • Maggie May

      Apparently Avril Lavigne is actually a 17 year old weeaboo. Who knew?

    • Kay_Sue

      Not only Gwen, but more recently Katy Perry has faced a scandal of cultural misappropriation (so has Selena Gomez) and Miley faced the whole “don’t use people as props” fiasco. So it’s not like she can say, “My bad, I had no idea.”

      A post on TheGloss yesterday pointed out that, with the presence of recent scandals of the same nature, you wouldn’t be far off in inferring that Avril (or her “team”, I suppose) did this on purpose, to get her name in the media for something other than being willing to marry Chad Kroeger. I’d like to think that she’s just horribly stupid, naive, and clueless, versus the more insidious option of this being a calculated move, but I don’t know that I have enough faith in humanity left to do so.

      • Megan Zander

        Agreed. I remember years ago when she first hit the scene and Britney and Christina were big and there were all these interviews with Avril about how her managers wanted her to be pop but that “wasn’t her, she was alternative grrrr”. Even then as a teenager I thought it was a marketing ploy. Now it’s so obvious that it’s sad. Also, she is example #1 as to why I think I may be too old for fun colored hair.

      • Kay_Sue

        Don’t use her as an example for anything. You can absolutely pull off colored hair at any age. Just don’t do anything she does with it.

        She has always had to be carefully marketed because she can’t stand on the strength of her music alone…I knew that the first time I heard her, and I was fourteen or fifteen.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Yeah, except when I ruined my hair by bleaching it three times to color it lilac and now it is taking forever to grow back :(

      • Kay_Sue

        My little sister did this, and she’s only 23. She had the most beautiful blonde hair too. We always joked that she was the milkman’s child, because she did not get the brunette genes. It grew back into a muddled brown too. Sadness. So of course she promptly went out and dyed it a bright purple, which so soon after the recovery pretty much scorched it again.

        Apparently, colored hair is hard. I think I’ll stick with wigs.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        wigs are totally the way to go!

      • Megan Zander

        This is not helping to convince me.

      • Kay_Sue

        Do it professionally. I’m serious, a stylist is a great way to go. My mom has always dyed her hair (“normal” colors”). She’d always done it herself up until about six months ago and now she will never go back–her stylist matched the color to all of her tones so perfectly, it looks entirely natural. Not to mention the hi and low lights, and everything else that lady did…I’m pretty sure the stylist wasn’t really human. She might have been a sorceress or maybe an Engineer sent to live among us.

      • Alicia Kiner

        I had my stylist put bold red chunks in my hair in February. They were temp, only lasted 8 weeks. I definitely want to do it again. It’s so fun.I’m not sure I would do permanent ones. She also does high and low lights on my hair, because I have dirty blonde hair and I hate it. If the color was called anything other than “dirty” I’d probably be okay with it, but…

      • Kay_Sue

        I was really impressed. I’ve done my own a few times in the past, and never had it look that good. I’d love to go myself and go darker, actually. Mine’s a shade or two darker than dirty blonde, and I’d really love to be richer brunette (in more ways than just the hair color! ;)). If only someone would buy one of the children….

      • CMJ

        Go to a colorist. It will be expensive but your hair will be so much better off (and it will last longer and fade better as it grows out).

        If you live near SF I have a great one :)

      • Megan Zander

        I wish! We almost moved there for my husbands lab when he was in grad school, but we stayed east coast. I shelled out big bucks to have my hair highlighted a couple months ago and the girl did an awful job, the cut was uneven and jagged, not thinned out like I asked and she ran out of time so the back of my hair only developed for literally 3 minutes. When I questioned it and asked her to fix it she got snotty and defensive and I was going out of town, so I didn’t have the time to deal with it. So long story short, I need to get over that and find a new stylist I trust, and then go for the color. Maybe.

      • CMJ

        Uggghhhhhh….seriously, nothing makes me more pissed than shelling out a shit-ton of money for something that turns out junky.

        I separate. I have a stylist and a colorist (because I am insane). For some reason, I just feel more comfortable with people who specialize in one thing.

        I haven’t colored my hair since I chopped it off but I am thinking about doing some kind of 90s ombre-ish thing. (It makes sense in my head)

      • Véronique Houde

        If you do it at a high end shop with high end products it can be really nice, but like I said, it’ll cost a fortune in upkeep. My sister once had her jet black hair bleached blonde and then died red and it was super shiny and silky. But don’t ask her how much it cost to get it done properly ;).

        I’m constantly bleaching a massive amount of streaks in my hair to make it blonde, and managed to grow it really long, but I have to treat it with a 65$ jar of treatment from Kerastase at least once a month to keep it nice.

      • Alicia Kiner

        I use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner with a keratin base on my hair. It’s a L’Oreal product Ever Sleek line… $6 ish per bottle. Keeps my hair in really good shape. My stylist actually started recommending it based on how well it works on my hair. Might be worth checking out. I obviously don’t know your hair, but I’ve had good results. I have a TON of wavy hair, that I color. It keeps it soft, and healthy. And takes care of the color.

      • http://nessyhart.wordpress.com/ pixie

        I’m saving my money to hopefully dye my hair purple at the end of the summer at the salon. My stylist would murder me if I tried to do it myself because store-bought dyes can be really harsh and hard on hair, so it’s best to just let her do it lol. My hair has always come back it’s normal colour when I’ve gotten it dyed at a salon, so I trust them more than I trust myself. ;)

      • Kay_Sue

        She used these weird dyes too. The whole thing was a mess. When she goes manic, there is no reason or rational thought left, and she does whatever pops into her head. Last time, my folks paid to have it “fixed”, and it was expensive. This time, they said she was on her own….

        My mom’s professional dye job though is so friggin’ soft and manageable. I’m super jealous. She says it’s payback for making her lost it in clumps after I was born. ;)

      • JLH1986

        Prenatals. I swear on all that is holy I got this advice and was all STFU. But…now my hair and nails grow and they are beautiful and strong.

      • Alicia Kiner

        I don’t think there’s an age where you are too old for fun hair color, and that definitely wasn’t the issue with this video. But everyone has a different definition of fun ;)

      • Kendra

        I, too, feel I have surpassed my window for blue hair.

      • Alicia Kiner

        I was wondering if anyone else noticed Selena Gomez doing it, because I never saw anything on it. It really weirded me out.

      • Kay_Sue

        She did make a few new articles about it, but most that I read in more mainstream sources focused on the idea that it was a-okay for some reason.

      • Kendra

        I think she didn’t get as much crap because in comparisons to Katy Perry and Miley’s, hers wasn’t really *that* bad.

      • Kay_Sue

        That may have been how they framed it, true, but I was disappointed because I don’t agree. I don’t think there are shades of cultural disrespect and racism…but I also grew up in the South, where we can be more sensitive to those issues.

      • Kendra

        That makes sense. I’m pretty desensitized I think. It really takes a lot for me to get offended by things.

      • Kay_Sue

        I dunno that I even get offended by it anymore. I’m just disgusted, mostly. It’s a “How can you be so dumb?” feeling at this point. We live in a time when any cultural reference is a mere smartphone away–there is no excuse for folks not educating themselves. /steps down from soapbox before she gets started. ;)

      • Kendra

        Yeah, true. I just think what bothers me when I see stuff like this or what Katy Perry did (not even gonna bother with Miley), I just feel more annoyed because it’s stupid, pointless, and only causes problems.

      • Kay_Sue

        Yup. It’s an automatic attention grab, and I hate it. Because of the whole “using people to get me attention” thing. That’s what my toddler does when he smacks his brother…that’s not what adult performers should do.

        Plus I hate the whole “Americans are culturally illiterate” stereotype and they just seem to really push it with these stunts.

      • Alicia Kiner

        The sad thing about Miley, is like Lindsay Lohan, they’re both truly talented. But all these exploits make people want to not even bother with them.

    • Valerie

      She is the absolute worst. I didn’t like her when I was 17 and now I am congratulating my discriminating teenage taste because back then, she was merely annoying. Now, she is a complete douchenozzle. Yeahhh 17-year old Val!

      • Megan Zander

        I just said the same thing to Kay Sue! Just not as eloquently.

      • Valerie

        WE ARE THE SAME

      • Megan Zander

        Do you watch Orphan Black?

      • Valerie

        No! Should I?

      • Megan Zander

        I don’t know, it’s on my list to watch next but it’s about clones and on the BBC so I can’t see how it could be anything other than amazing.

      • Valerie

        Perfect. Let’s both start watching. We can learn about clones and Reddit together.

      • CMJ

        THE ANSWER TO BOTH OF YOU IS YES!!!!!

        Also – the main dude is so hot.

    • Kendra

      I….I….I’m sorry I don’t seem to have any words….

    • Zettai

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. Stefani’s exploitation of those Japanese girls and their culture–stereotyped culture–has ALWAYS bothered me and left me wondering why such a large percentage of people saw nothing wrong with it.

      Disgusted that artists continue to do this with Asians and other races. Extra-disgusted that it’s Avril Lavigne, who is a talentless super poser that has made it obvious that she will change her “image” to whatever makes her the most money.

      • Alicia Kiner

        I missed this one apparently. I had no idea Gwen Stefani did anything remotely like this. Huh.

      • JLH1986

        Google Her stupid “Hollaback Girl” and…um…enjoy?

      • Alicia Kiner

        Wow. I definitely heard that song all over the place but never saw the video. That’s just awful.

      • CMJ

        Yeah, she’s pretty much the queen of cultural appropriation.

      • Megan Zander

        Yes! She had four named Love, Angel, Music and Baby and used them in her lyrics too.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Yes! which sucks because I adore Gwen and I think she is awesome for young girls, she also recently wore a native american headdress in a video or something, oooof. BAD

      • Megan Zander

        Yeah, bad choice on so many levels. I can’t help but love her still though bc she was my first female crush and no doubt was my very first concert!

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Yeah, I do love her but she makes some bad choices on the reg.

      • Kay_Sue

        All we can do is keep speaking out about them and hope that she grows some cultural sensitivity at some point…right? Because I can’t abandon her. I already gave up R.Kelly because I can’t support a predator, and I just am not ready to give up No Doubt/Gwen.

      • Megan Zander

        And Chris Brown. Obv he HAD to go, but he was such a good dancer back in the day.

      • Kay_Sue

        Yup. I can’t even hear “Forever” anymore, and I used to love it. :(

      • Megan Zander

        Aw, that song always makes me think of The Office and I get the eye mists.

      • http://nessyhart.wordpress.com/ pixie

        I’ll admit I was pretty young, like tween/very early teens when Gwen was doing the Harajuku Girls thing and I didn’t realize how bad it was then. I thought it was kind of cool in my young naivety. I LOVED anime and manga, and still do, so that probably had something to do with it. But now, when I look back at it, I realize what it was.
        (I didn’t obsess over it or buy all the products, I think I mostly liked the clothes they wore)

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        and as bad as Gwen was, at least her girls actually danced and moved and she “gave them” littler comic book personalities, whereas in avail’s video they are JUST PROPS. Gwens was offensive, this is a whole other level of offensive

      • http://nessyhart.wordpress.com/ pixie

        This is true. Like I said, at least now I recognize that it was offensive, but Avril’s is like fifty BAJILLION times more.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Plus yeah, she doesn’t live under a rock, i mean does she never read the internets ever?

      • Megan Zander

        And a clothing line in their name, which from a marketing standpoint, was genius.

      • Alicia Kiner

        Ok, in Avril’s defense, often in music videos, the dancers aren’t really doing anything but following the singers around and doing whatever choreography was designed. for example, Britney’s “crazy” video. She did interact with them a little bit, and they could have been way more human, like the other people in the video. I don’t understand why they weren’t. Whoever designed this video is an ass.

      • Megan Zander

        Me too, I think that’s just it, these displays get directed at young kids who don’t always know better. I wanted a LAMB bag so badly back then!

    • Alicia Kiner

      So, I don’t know if it’s the video, or if it’s my computer, but the track doesn’t match her mouth. So it’s like she’s doing a bad job of lip synching.

      I feel like she’s trying to channel anime into this. The bright colors, the dancing, the goofiness of it. I don’t think she’s trying to be racist, at least I hope not. But this is definitely not something she’s ever done before, so I’m at a loss.

    • Kendra

      I think I’m more caught up on the desire people seem to have for singing about their privates. I’ve never thought to myself “Do you know what a great song would be about?- Vaginas!” So confused.

      • Jessifer

        She-Bop by Cyndi Lauper = Most epic vagina song

      • Alicia Kiner

        yeah, how many songs are out there about penises. Although, there are butt songs… baby got back for example

      • Megan Zander

        Pooh I have one! That Junk in a Box song from SNL. It’s awful, but funny.

      • Valerie

        Put your junk in that boooox!

      • Véronique Houde

        THe THONG SONG!!!

      • Kay_Sue

        Thong th-thong thong thong. I still love that song.

      • CMJ

        Me too! Mommyish early-aughts dance party!!!

        I’ll bring “back dat ass up”

      • Kay_Sue

        Yeeeeeeessss! It will be epic.

      • Alicia Kiner

        On that note, does anyone else find it odd that Must be the Money is the Honey Nut Cheerios theme song now?

      • Kay_Sue

        OH MY GOD. Do NOT get me started. Just don’t. Between that and the fact that Nelly is opening for FLORIDA GEORGIA FUCKING LINE this summer and my high school nostalgia is pretty low right now. They are ruining the last of my childhood.

      • Alicia Kiner

        Nelly and Florida Georgia Line collaborated on Cruise. It’s actually pretty freaking good. But I like pretty much any kind of music you can throw at me, so…

      • Kay_Sue

        I like the song a lot, but it drives me crazy that they are big enough for him to be their opening act. Like, he’s Nelly, man. He’s Nelly. He’s not an opening act.

        I’m actually a pretty big country and hip hop fan, so I love the trend that he and Tim McGraw kicked off. Jason Aldean and Ludacris actually have a great collaborative version of Dirt Road Anthem that I love too.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        The amount of love I have for Nelly is beyond ridic. same with Mike Jones who follows me on Twitter and tweets me on occasion which is my favorite ever

      • Kay_Sue

        That is awesome.

        Country Grammar and Hot in Herre were pretty much my summer songs my freshman and sophomore years. They will always have a special place in my heart. ;)

      • CMJ

        Still know all the words.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Country Grammar may be one of the best songs ever

      • Alicia Kiner

        Me too! My husband HATES it… he’s like what is this? Hillbilly rap is not a thing. stop it.

      • Kay_Sue

        He has obviously never heard Colt Ford (which is, I think, the most country name ever) or the Mudslingers or the Lacs or Cowboy Troy. :-P

      • Natasha B

        Hillbilly rap is SO a thing. Nappy Roots, anyone. My hubs hates my taste in music. He’s all ‘what is WRONG with you you can’t let our kids listen to this!’
        It’s better than Avril and Justin Bieber, obvs.

      • JLH1986

        Thank you for Nappy Roots! I love love love them!

      • Natasha B

        Yes!!! I went to college in Kentucky, and my roomie/BFF was from Bowling Green, so we actually got hooked up with backstage/after party tickets one time they performed there! We thought we were the sheeeeeet lol :)

      • Alicia Kiner

        Justin Bieber has ONE song that I like, and I think it’s a song that I would like no matter who sang it… As long as you love me. Otherwise, the kid could disappear into the limelight, and I wouldn’t miss him.

      • Natasha B

        Saw Nelly live, twice. Still love that man. But I must be older than you, cuz that was my sophomore year of college

      • Ddaisy

        Haha where I live, it is allll about the country music, and a lot of people I know are like, “…Nelly…? Why would FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE [add hearts and swoons here] include… Nelly? The country-only version of the song is so much better.”

        Personally, I’m not a fan of either of them, so I have no opinion on the matter. But I am surprised to find out that among other people, Nelly is a major star. In my circles, he was a one-hit wonder many years who’s only popular again because he’s collaborated with country artists (“real stars”).

      • Kay_Sue

        He wasn’t quite a one-hit wonder but he did disappear for a good little while after two fairly successful albums. He came back with an okay album, but it wasn’t anything big, definitely not enough to revive a career after his hiatus, though. I’m glad he’s back, if only for nostalgia, but I’m still like WTF, how is Nelly an opening act?? ;)

      • Kat

        YES

      • Kay_Sue

        There are a few. Peter Gabriel did Sledgehammer, Chuck Berry did My Ding-a-Ling. And Fred Schneider tried Monster in his solo career. You have King Missile’s Detachable Penis. Macklemore has the Penis Song out there. Whistle by Flo Rida is about oral sex, but his “whistle” is his penis. And those are just songs devoted to it–you can hear references to it in many, many more.

        Please, no one ask me why I am apparently an expert on penis-themed music.

      • Megan Zander

        I won’t, but I can’t promise Socks will do the same. Surprised he isn’t all over this already.

      • Kay_Sue

        I’m sure, lol!

      • Valerie

        I think he must be in some far-flung time zone. If he were awake, his tingling senses would be all over this.

      • Megan Zander

        And he would have a zippy comment about where the tingling is coming from.

      • Valerie

        Give it an hour or two- he will come.

      • Alicia Kiner

        Wow, I stand very much corrected. The closest I could come up with was Fantasy by Ludacris, and that’s not really a penis song, it’s a sex song. But it’s fun :D

      • Kay_Sue

        I love Luda, although I hated the one time I saw him in concert. I dunno if it was a bad show or if he just translates badly to the stage, but it was not a pleasant experience.

      • Megan Zander

        My husband and I have an inside joke that we imagine he yells “Luda!” Whenever he walks into a room. Like you’re in bed for the night and he comes in from brushing his teeth ” Luda!”

      • Kay_Sue

        I could totally see that happening. It’s gotta be that way he does it at the start of songs though…like “Lu-DA”. Two very distinct syllables.

      • Megan Zander

        Exactly!!!

      • Alicia Kiner

        Performing live is tough. Technical issues, crowd volume, humidity, being tired, or hung over… all kinds of stuff mess with it. I did some musical theater and stuff when I was in high school. It’s amazing how much your voice changes just because there are people in the room (or stadium).

      • Kay_Sue

        I completely agree. With studio albums too, it’s just hard. You don’t always have the same production value. When we saw Slipknot, it was crazy how much went into creating a similar (I actually thought better) sound on stage than what you’d hear on your album.

        I don’t hold it against Luda, but I was disappointed. *wipes away a tear*

      • Valerie

        And on penises with black mold spots- remember?

      • Kay_Sue

        *spits morning caffeinated beverage across room*

      • Valerie

        You are a professional in all things penis.

      • Kay_Sue

        It was a skill I put on my marriage resume. You know every lady should have one.

      • HoolieB

        I had no idea that Sledgehammer was about a dong. I’ll have to listen to it when my kids aren’t around. And kudos to you for being an expert on the subject. :)

      • Kay_Sue

        There are so many thing I have forgotten that I would love to remember…and then there is this, that I remember clearly. WTF? ;)

      • Kay_Sue

        Be prepared. Once you know, there is no going back.

        “you could have a steam trainif you’d just lay down your tracks
        you could have an aeroplane flying
        if you bring your blue sky back

        all you do is call me
        I’ll be anything you need

        you could have a big dipper
        going up and down, all around the bends
        you could have a bumper car, bumping
        this amusement never ends

        I want to be your sledgehammer
        why don’t you call my name
        oh let me be your sledgehammer
        this will be my testimony
        show me round your fruitcage
        ‘cos I will be your honey bee
        open up your fruitcage
        where the fruit is as sweet as can be”

      • HoolieB

        I can only imagine that next you’re going to tell me that “in your eyes” is about a pearl necklace to the face.

      • LiteBrite

        I remember “Detachable Penis!” I thought I was the only one in the world who knew that song!

      • Kay_Sue

        I like more obscure music. #Hipster #NotReallyButCantIPretend

      • http://nessyhart.wordpress.com/ pixie

        When I used to go to martial arts sleep away camp, one of the instructors would bring out his guitar at the campfire and sing “My Ding-a-Ling”. After the first time it became the most requested because as kids we thought it was hilarious. I’m not entirely sure if the instructor understood it was about penises, though, because he wasn’t creepy or inappropriate towards us at all, and a good guy overall. Apparently just a little naive.

      • Kay_Sue

        My grandmother grew up in that era and had no idea either, so I’d totally buy that there are folks that don’t see the innuendo in it.

      • Megan Zander

        Oooooh ! Too Close by Next. ” you’re dancing too close, and swaying too close, you’re making it hard for me”. Loved that song in high school. No freaking clue what it was really about.

      • Natasha B

        OMG. I loved that song. Was also totally clueless.

      • Megan Zander

        I still listen to it as part of my old school jams running mix

      • LiteBrite

        “She Loves My Cock” by Jackyl.

        I wish I didn’t know that.

        ETA: There’s also “Big Balls” by AC/DC (not about penises, but still pretty funny). And I swear to God, I heard a penis song the other day on my way to work but I can’t think of what it is.

      • Natasha B

        Katy Perry’s ‘Peacock’. Please don’t ask me how I know. Or that I have most of the lyrics memorized. It’s just so f-ing catchy.

      • mommabeer

        50 cent’s Magic Stick is an incredibly nuanced ode to his penis. And by nuanced I mean, not. At all.

      • Alicia Kiner

        can’t say I’m sorry I missed that one

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter
    • CMJ

      The dude from Nickelback co-wrote it too.

      • Kay_Sue

        Why am I unsurprised by this?

      • CMJ

        Introducing a new generation to the douche.

      • Megan Zander

        Is the dude from Nickleback also the dude from American Idol or am I confusing my middle aged pseudo rockers again?

      • Kay_Sue

        I don’t think he was ever on American Idol. Even Idol recognized Nickleback for what it was. The band itself predates the show.

      • Alicia Kiner

        Nickelback/Chad Kroeger was never a mentor or whatever they call it on Idol? I haven’t watched it since Paula left. We recently started watching The Voice. I like it much better

      • Kay_Sue

        I don’t know that they’ve ever been a mentor. Also, I tried googling and it was surprisingly unhelpful on this question. Damn you, Google, why must you betray me?

      • WriterLady

        Baha! I don’t know if anyone ran across this on Facebook, but there is some sort of app-thing making the rounds on the Interwebs/social media in which you click on a vague link provided by your friend or acquaintance and it pulls up a list of all of your own mutual friends on FB who have “liked” Nickelback. I almost spit my coffee out when I first opened the link (and was also astonished to find that 25 people out of 400-some friends publicly admitted to liking Nickelback). At the same time, I thought it was a little cruel to single people out, so I did not re-post (despite the urge to do so). ;)

      • Kay_Sue

        My husband actually posted that. It was quite funny.

      • JLH1986

        What I don’t get is for all the Nickelback hate…they still tour, to sold out arenas. Who is buying Nickelback? Also, lame joke warning: What concert costs .45? A 50 Cent concert with Nickelback! Ha ha ha. (Sorry!)

      • WriterLady

        I am primarily a 60s/70s classic rock and early-90s grunge fan. I do like some bands from the mid- to late-90s that are still playing, such as Tool. With Nickelback, though, I think they have drawn the ire of many due to the fact that they are perceived as sell-outs. Their earliest music was not too bad, but once that type of post-grunge, hard rock music went out of style (Korn and Limp Biscuit, for instance), they continued to come up with songs that have some seriously cheesy lyrics. “Rockstar,” for example, is just outrageous.

      • Kay_Sue

        That’s a dad joke, but it’s a hilarious one. :-P

      • JLH1986

        My hubs saw that and had to share! So of course I had to share!

      • Natasha B

        Ok, I am so texting that to everyone I know.

      • CMJ

        That’s Keith Urban on American Idol. :)

      • Megan Zander

        Ah yes. Thank you.

      • CMJ

        Your description, however, is applicable to many a men in the music industry.

      • Megan Zander

        Hahaha! Yes but you knew exactly who I was thinking of.

      • Bethany Ramos

        Or daughtry, YUCK.

      • Kay_Sue

        <—Actually liked Daughtry on Idol (and maybe still does)

        SHHHHHHHHH, don't tell anybody!

      • Bethany Ramos

        LOL!

      • CMJ

        My husband pretty much thinks all “yeah” rock is daughtry. He will here something on TV and ask: “Is that Daughtry?”

      • Megan Zander

        THAT GUY! That’s who I was thinking of!

      • Bethany Ramos

        Fucking Daughtryyyyyyy (will go on my tombstone).

    • Ursi

      Weeb level epic.

      So embarrassing.

      I think the reason there isn’t more outcry about stuff like this is that Japanese youth aren’t the type to take easy offense to things like this, (I mean this is the youth culture that came up with ganguro). That isn’t to say it’s appropriate. She ought to be ashamed of on behalf of her own self. I know it looks fun in J-pop, Avril, but wtf?

    • Valerie

      And PS- her Skrillex hair-do is oddly reminiscent of my post-partum hair loss. It seemed to happen way more on one side.

    • capoupascap

      I said it on the gloss and I’ll say it here. This song was specifically written for her Japanese audience, where she is apparently still huge. It’s also basically the epitome ofkpop. As an American I look at it and see racism but I’d actually like a Japanese persons’ opinion. I’m just not really sure we can look at something intended for an Asian audience with an American eye and accurately gauge it. Frankly it seems pandering to tell a Japanese audience why they should be offended about something. I’m definitely to listening to other people’s opinions on this, just don’t offensively bash me.

      • Kay_Sue

        I don’t know that it is pandering to be offended by it ourselves. Whenever someone from a Western culture releases a media offering, it reflects on us all, you know? It paints us all with that brush, and I think that stars bear a responsibility to the cultures they come from to keep that in mind. When they put themselves out there, they are no longer just representing themselves. Whether that’s fair or not, I can’t say. But I don’t frame it as, “This audience should be offended” so much as “I really wish performers would be more culturally sensitive so we don’t look like asshats to the entire world”, myself.

        I too would love to hear opinions from the cultures that are actually involved, though.

      • Ursi

        But no one is telling Japanese people how to feel about it. I’d be surprised if a Japanese person found this offensive, frankly. That has nothing to do with how the video reflects on westerners; which is the point. If culturally, we value treating other cultures with authenticity and not as props then the reaction of the culture we are misusing is secondary to our own obligation. It doesn’t matter if one culture reacts badly and another doesn’t. The Japanese are somewhat serial offenders when it comes to boiling things down to broad stereotypes for fashion. That’s irrelevant to the discussion. We are allowed to find things offensive for their own sake. As westerners, we are allowed to say, hey, that’s not something we value, you need to knock that off because you’re making us look bad.

      • capoupascap

        You don’t think calling it racist is telling Japanese people how to feel about it? I do.

      • Ursi

        If you can find two people of different cultures who agree on the definition of “racism”, much less it’s application in every scenario, I would be very surprised.

        I find it prejudiced and culturally insensitive. A Japanese person may not. My opinion is a reflection of the culture I was raised in and not a moral absolute. I believe intent counts for something so I wouldn’t write Avril off as a racist person, but if a lot of westerners are complaining about this then I think it behooves her to listen. I don’t think that by calling her out on this I am somehow devaluing the opinion of others. There is no hard and fast rule for this kind of thing, hence the controversy. I find this offensive is simply that. It is not, I find this offensive and you better find it offensive too.

      • capoupascap

        Ok I was actually in the middle of editing my response because I didn’t like it and truthfully I’m a terrible writer but I’ll just let it lay and respond to this. I actually do so what you are saying and I found myself nodding in agreement with your last paragraph so yeah. And to clarify I found this article on mommyish to be the best on this topic quite frankly. I think it was just my frustration at so many western people calling it racist and offensive. I’m still not comfortable labelling the video as racist or offensive myself and I do still have problems with judging something and deeming it offensive from a western eye. But I actually do better understand where people are coming fromnow with their response.So thanks and know that I mean it.

      • Ursi

        I completely understand that, you make your point very well, thanks for replying.

      • m

        You do know kpop means Korean pop, right? Avril’s video more reminds me of Kyaru Pamyu Pamyu, but not as absurdly weird and therefore also not very interesting. Avril is more like Gwen Stefani, taking stereotypical Japanese pop culture in her video, like the author mentioned. Probably Japanese people wouldn’t be offended, as they don’t really mind cultural appropriation like Americans seem to do, but the video is still just bad.
        (My major in university is Japanese studies and I spent a year studying there, btw)

    • Jessie

      I feel like she was trying to imitate actual J-Pop/J-Rock music videos, but she did it ALL WRONG. JUST. SO. WRONG.

      I didn’t like her back when I was a teenager, now I’m patting myself on the back for that good judgement call because HOLY HADES, she is a complete douchepickle.

      • TashaB

        She married the dude from Nickleback too . . . just to up that douchepickle-ness

      • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

        That’s the impression I got as well.

    • Butt Trophy Recipient

      At least she didn’t call it Herro Kitty

      • noodlestein

        Aahahahahaha!!!

      • brebay

        Only because she didn’t think of it first. That’s why she doesn’t get a butt trophy!

    • cabinfever

      Avril says:
      “RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video…
      …specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan.”

      So.. yeah. She’s pretty oblivious about the tone of the video she’s made. Is it possible that this is going well for her in Japan?

      • brebay

        I guess you can’t be racist if you spend a lot of time in that country…explains so much about apartheid in South Africa…

    • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

      First of all, y’all, this is the best song about butts ever. Totally NSFW. And I can do all the things they do in the video. #skillllllls
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR-NXv5Tma0
      I also think people are overreacting a little bit – I love Japanese culture, all of it, including the idol culture and J-pop culture and it just plays right to that fanbase. So I’m gonna read the conversation I see about that exactly (why can/can’t Americans call it racist/is it racist) and then I’m gonna DROP IT LOW!!! PUT IT IN THE DIRT!! ( true story I was twerking to this while doing the dishes once, as you do, dropped it, and split my pants right in the crotch… :( )

    • Alicia Kiner

      I love how we turned this thread into a deep discussion about music, and NOT about this craptastic video. :D

      • Kay_Sue

        We are master hijackers.

    • darras

      My ears are bleeding and my classically trained soul is feeling faintly like cutting itself after watching that video. I couldn’t get past the music in order to look at the cultural issues. Sorry!

    • FemelleChevalier

      *Sigh* I’ve said it before on the other articles, but there are certain things to be considered here:

      1. It’s for the Japanese audience.

      2. There exist Japanese subcultures that has nothing to do with the Japanese culture itself. These are the trends that targets the younger generations – and some adults – that is sometimes considered, well, annoying to the Japanese themselves. But the Japanese teenagers loves it, even some of the gaijins. Ergo, “appropriating” it is irrelevant to the Japanese because most of these are mere capitalistic subcultures.

      3. Yes, it is a horrible video. BUT, it’s not because of “racism” and/or “cultural appropriation”. It is because of the horrible, unpolished dancing and the atrocious video editing. A J-pop idol – and K-pop performers by extension – won’t be caught dead with those moves.

      4. Watch any J-pop videos (e.g. Kyaru Pamyu Pamyu) and you’ll see striking similarities, albeit a poor one in Avril’s case. She’s basically a singing gaijin gyaru, and it’s honestly just amusing to most Japanese how a gaijin tries to act like a gyaru idol.

      5. Again, it is not intended for the Americans.

      You can repeatedly say how bad it is (it actually is), but it is neither racist nor a cultural appropriation. Japan is not defined by a mere subculture, but through their values, language, and history. If, by any chance, a gaijin tries to mock these, then it’s offensive. Period.

    • bob

      Racist? You’re having a laugh arent you! It’s a music video. Get a grip.

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