Avril Lavigne Laughs in the Face of “Hello Kitty” Racist Claims

Avril Lavigne is not a racist. Thank you very much.

At least, that’s the PR line the “What the Hell?” singer is trying to sell the angry mob of Tweeters taking her to task over her newly-released song and accompanying video, “Hello Kitty.”

Yeah…no one’s really buying it.

A bubblegum explosion of candy-colored tutus, sushi-snack sessions and backup dancing BFFs serve as the backdrop for the promo. Of course, it what critics call Avril’s objectification of Japanese culture and embrace of culture stereotypes that has the hashtag AvrilRacist spreading across social media like a burning bush. (We haven’t seen a music video rack up this many dislikes since Billy Ray Cyrus’ hip-hop remake of “Achy Breaky Heart.”)

The video features Lavigne two-stepping in a tutu while Asian dancers (possibly swiped from Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” video) hip-sway behind her. The chorus didn’t help matters much. Avril, whose “Sk8r Boi” days are well behind her, sings:

Hello Kitty, hello Kitty
Hello Kitty, you’re so pretty
Hello Kitty, hello Kitty
Hello Kitty, you’re so silly”

The single, co-written by the singer’s husband/Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, has come under fire for being bizarre (We’re being generous, Billboard called it an “embarrassment in any language.”) and for being racist. (There have also been allegations of swagger-jacking Kesha, but we’ll talk about that some other time.)

Avril’s response to the race allegations: A good, old-fashioned, hearty LOL. As the once angsty pop princess sees it, she’s paying homage to a culture she relishes. In the world of social networking, however, that’s still up for debate.

“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.”

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