Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty” music video garnered more attention over the past few days than the pop star has seen in years, reaching over 11 million views this week. It debuted in late April to some harsh criticism from Billboard, which called the dubstep breakdown “so unholy that Keanu Reeves probably battled it in ‘Constantine.'” Harsh, but kind of funny.
Although Billboard’s criticism was largely technical, others have taken offense to the depiction of Japanese culture in the video, calling Lavigne’s inclusion of identical, expressionless backup dancers racist.
Lavigne responded by tweeting: “RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan.”
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