Is Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' Video Racist?
Avril Lavigne is currently catching flack for her latest video for her new single "Hello Kitty," which many feel is racist based on its depiction of Japanese culture (or a segment of it) and its use of young Japanese women as "props."
(Basically, it's every criticism that was lobbed at Gwen Stefani during her Harajuku era--because everything old is new again!!)
What's your take?? Watch and tell us!
So what do you think, Instincters? Is the video offensive?
For her part, Avril doesn't think so; she tweeted Wednesday:
"I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video...specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan."
What's your Instinct??