Avril Lavigne Responds to Claims That Her ‘Hello Kitty’ Video is Racist
By Shannon Carlin
The singer took to Twitter last night (April 23) to explain exactly why her new video, which features the “Sk8er Boi” songstress strutting her stuff in a cupcake adorned skirt while a few Japanese women dance behind her, isn’t racist at all.
“RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!!,” the singer wrote. “I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan.”
RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video…—
Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) April 24, 2014
She followed up her original tweet with one that explains that she flew to Tokyo to film the video specifically for “my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan.”
So see? Not racist at all.
This message from the singer comes after the video was pulled from YouTube, even though it did not seem to break any of the site’s guidelines, leading many to believe it was pulled for being insensitive to Japanese culture. The clip is currently back on the site.
Watch Avril’s video for “Hello Kitty” below. And read what we thought about the clip here.