Contact Us

Avril Lavigne Responds to Racist Accusations Over ‘Hello Kitty’ Video

Avril Lavigne
Chung Sung-Jun, Getty Images

Canadian angst queen Avril Lavigne has been dealing with lots of flack and criticism over her ‘Hello Kitty’ video. In fact, the hashtag #avrilracist became a thing on Twitter yesterday (April 23), prompting the singer to respond with tweets of her own, addressing the fans that called her video “racist” for its depictions.

Lavigne laughed off the notion that she is a racist due to the controversial content in her clip, noting that she loves Japan, spends a lot of time there and flew to Tokyo to shoot it for her Japanese label and with a Japanese director.

Critics and fans were miffed, since they felt she was co-opting and fetishizing Asian culture with the images in the video, which feature girls dancing with blank stares. The singer is also accused of mocking Asian accents as well.

The video has caused quite the uproar, which is probably something that the singer, now married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, is not used to. But Lavigne used social media to reach out and discuss it. She was not apologetic when making her point either. She issued a pair of tweets, offering her side of the story and moved on. That will either be regarded as a smart PR strategy, to respond and let the drama die, or as her being a little too dismissive about it.

Below are her tweets addressing the matter.

Next: See Avril Lavigne's Style Evolution

Best of KDAT

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KDAT VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KDAT VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.