Avril Lavigne is feeling the wrath of an online backlash after releasing what some are calling a ‘racist’ music video, for its offensive depiction of Japanese culture.
The singer released her single “Hello Kitty” Tuesday, and was removed from Lavigne’s official YouTube page as of Wednesday afternoon.
In the “Hello Kitty” video, Lavigne’s dons a cupcake-tutu, drinks sake, raps in Japanese, and dances with four expressionless Japanese females.
Twitter users condemned Lavigne:
want something racist to get through your day? check out avril lavigne's new video https://t.co/U32M0en1Ay what happenened to sk8er boi?
— Matthew Katarincic (@mattkat13) April 23, 2014
Does Avril Lavigne think she's Asian? What do Kpoppers think of her new video? https://t.co/SW2v3uVAMV
— Tristan Maack (@tristanmaack) April 23, 2014
besides being blatantly racist, at least avril lavigne has finally left her emo phase and naturally progressed on to her scene one
— Izzy??? (@pope2chainz) April 23, 2014
Hey Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani called and wants her music video ideas back! And she says to quit being racist.
— Kandyce (@Psycho_Thrills) April 23, 2014
Even Billboard.com tweeted this message:
Avril Lavigne's "Hello Kitty" video is an embarrassment in any language: http://t.co/OjpvhzCXtM
— Billboard (@billboard) April 22, 2014
Although the original video has been removed from Lavigne’s YouTube page, it remains on her website.
UPDATE: Avril responded to the controversy with the following tweet:
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
Watch Lavigne’s original music video below and tell us if you think the video is ‘racist’ below in the comments: