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Avril Says She’s Not Racist Because She Loves Japan

Music

Avril Says She’s Not Racist Because She Loves Japan

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To be honest I’m a bit exhausted by the daily routine of cultural appropriation policing that we have to go through every time a white person references another culture in their art, but without it the internet would probably grind to a halt and we’d all have to go outside and talk to one another, so let’s do it anyway.

You may remember Avril Lavigne’s weird-as-shit “Hello Kitty”  video from the other day. It came under fire on the internet with some calling it racist, which means a content producer searched for “Avril + racist” on Twitter and embedded a few tweets and called it a day. NOT THE CASE, says the Canadian singer. Some of her best fans are Japanese, she explained in a series of tweets I searched for and will now embed below.

While the whole “I know people of a different culture/race and they participated in the making of this arguably ‘racist’ thing” isn’t a heartening excuse — it’s pretty easy for a rich person to hire people of color to appear in their videos, for example (via Miley) — sometimes a corny-ass video is just a corny-ass video. Was this video racist? I don’t know, and I don’t care. Maybe? Has it hurt Japanese people? Probably a couple? Who gives a shit in the grand scheme of things? Not this one white guy.

If you want a reminder of what real racism is, look no further than the latest right wing cause célèbre for evidence. Now that’s some good racism!