Avril Lavigne goes Japanese on “Hello Kitty”
I say racist loosely, because everyone is claiming it to be racist. But really, it’s not racist, it’s just really stupid. That’s what people should really be focusing on right now. If it were really that racist I don’t think the four Japanese girls dancing in the video would’ve agreed to this blatant mockery of a piece of their culture.
Apparently the video was taken down just moments, or hours after being released, but of course as is with everything on the internet these days, it found its way back up.
Now a week and eight millions views later, that we can count anyway, people are still in an uproar about this latest creation from the one they call “Chavril.”
Forget the fact that she’s a white bred girl from Ontario, Canada, portraying some sort of weird pseudo-Japanese stereotype on screen, with her pink jammies and off-colour references to the Japanese fictional character “Hello Kitty,” but concentrate on the more obvious deviation from her fashion sense, roots, and musical style.
For a long time she’s been known as the plaid skirt wearing punk rock chick that brought us the likes of “Sk8er Boi” and “Complicated.” Anthems for the youthful days of teenage heartache and the fools we made of ourselves in consequence. We all know young artists want to grow and expand from the style that made them who they are today.
So why is Avril Lavigne going in the opposite direction, and reverting into a more child-like state, as opposed to maturing and becoming more serious? Even a booze-induced drug binge or mid-life crisis of some sort would be more understandable. But this video has left people with more questions than answers. Also, what’s with the dubstep vibe?
See for yourself, judge for yourself, and ask the questions yourself.
No matter what you try to reason out, there’s no explanation for this song or this video. It’s not catchy. It’s not funny. And it’s certainly not racist. But it’s definitely just awful, and if this was Chad Kroeger’s doing, or Avril’s poor attempt to mimic Gwen Stefani, they need to reevaluate their strategy on this one.