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Avril Lavigne’s Dumb ‘Hello Kitty’ Video Is Rife with Cultural Appropriation
thedailybeast.com ^ | Apr 27, 2014 | Amy Zimmer

Posted on 04/27/2014 11:38:10 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

While Avril could have portrayed Japan in a more nuanced, less stereotypical fashion, it’s not surprising that a song about making out at sleepovers has an inane and clichéd video.

Due to what we can only surmise is a rift in the space-time continuum, a blonde, ageless pop star has just released a Harajuku Girl-inspired music video rife with cultural appropriation. Apparently, Avril Lavigne's eyelids were entirely weighed down with eyeliner throughout the early 2000s—there's no other explanation for "Hello Kitty", Lavigne's new single and accompanying music video, which is essentially a carbon copy of Gwen Stefani's 2005 hit, “Hollaback Girl.”

Stefani was using Japanese girls as props, making blank faces at the camera, and repeating meaningless consonant and vowel combinations over a synthetic beat when Avril was still stealing her dad's ties and huffing glue in the bathroom of a Tim Hortons. Unfortunately, Stefani never found a way to trademark white girl insensitivity, meaning we all get to watch Harajuku history repeat itself. The critical response to Lavigne's new single has been swift and harsh—like its pop precursor, the video was condemned for its "pick and choose" approach to Japanese culture, which reduces an entire nation's vibrant aesthetic to sushi, bangs, and enthusiastic Fujifilm product placement.

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Lavigne's pro-lesbian song backfires - gets bashed by the Left with the Race Card.
1 posted on 04/27/2014 11:38:11 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Avril Lavigne responds to ‘racist’ video criticism by saying she loves Japan

The video was posted briefly on YouTube before it was pulled down

2 posted on 04/27/2014 11:41:22 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Not my type of music, but she is HUGE in Japan, and loves it there.

She made the video in Japan, with a Japanese director, Japanese choreographers, and Japanese extras, and she still gets accused of racism??


3 posted on 04/27/2014 11:47:33 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I have no idea what the song was about, but I enjoyed watching the video.

Lavigne is attractive and has stage presence.

4 posted on 04/27/2014 11:52:44 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The Japanese say it was ok.
http://unrealitymag.bcmediagroup.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/makeup9.jpg
(thanks from TMZ)


5 posted on 04/28/2014 12:05:42 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Berlin_Freeper

~~~and huffing glue~~~

OK


6 posted on 04/28/2014 12:17:43 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: canuck_conservative

Yes, thats just stupid. And its this Amy Zimmerman loser that seems to be obsessed with Avril.


7 posted on 04/28/2014 12:19:20 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Do any actual Japanese in Japan find any problem with this video? As opposed to the lidless eyes of the USA racemongering industrial complex? Not that I like any kind of modern pop culture anywhere, but this just seems a nothingburger.


8 posted on 04/28/2014 12:20:52 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Berlin_Freeper

9 posted on 04/28/2014 12:51:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Actually, the song about a sweet franchise for children, that turns innocent sleepovers into sweaty lesbian attraction, shows the Canadians took their lessons from the American Left, as usual.

How has the "culture" been working out for us?

10 posted on 04/28/2014 1:11:29 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: zeestephen

“Lavigne is attractive and has stage presence.”

If that’s all it takes she could be the next Canadian Prime Minister (or President of the United States for that matter).


11 posted on 04/28/2014 2:17:40 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Isn’t she getting a little old to do teeny bopper songs?


12 posted on 04/28/2014 2:20:38 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“Tell me
Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwJ1SmYd12s


13 posted on 04/28/2014 2:38:27 AM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
You can watch the video at the second link you posted. Unfortunately, it's all rap, at least at the start, and I couldn't watch more than a few seconds.

The [Japanese embassy] spokesman added ... they "would be happy if the discussions surrounding her song and music video results in more people discovering the beautiful and rich culture of Japan."

I'm afraid that cutesy and pastel things like Hello, Kitty, or, worse, animé, won't draw me into discovering any more of Japanese culture. I'm sure there is rich culture in Japan--Hello, Kitty just isn't it.

14 posted on 04/28/2014 2:56:10 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I never got the lesbianism in the song because I couldn’t stand to listen to more than a few seconds of it.

It’s pure garbage, and anything Ms. Zimmer compares it with must also be pure garbage, though I will never have the displeasure of voluntarily hearing any of it.


15 posted on 04/28/2014 3:25:22 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: canuck_conservative

She made the video in Japan, with a Japanese director, Japanese choreographers, and Japanese extras, and she still gets accused of racism??
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Beat me to it! I was just about to post similar comments.

This Politically Correct crap and Race Card Playing has to end.


16 posted on 04/28/2014 3:47:21 AM PDT by octex
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Hey that was excellent. Avril is darling and gorgeous.


17 posted on 04/28/2014 7:42:16 AM PDT by olepap (Your old Pappy)
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To: minnesota_bound

That doesn’t matter to the left. American Indians say Indian mascots are ok (leaving aside those who are leftists first and Native Americans second in their political and intellectual commitments).


18 posted on 04/28/2014 8:36:53 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: canuck_conservative

You see multiculturalism isn’t about embracing other cultures, it’s about beating up Christendom. White folks embracing another culture is “cultural appropriation” and it’s bad. The only thing you’re supposed to do if your ancestors came from Europe is grovel before other cultures and wail about how evil Christian culture was/is.

The song is pretty typical J-Pop, but with the usual proportion of Japanese and English in the lyrics of a macaronic J-Pop song reversed, and the same for the video, but with an actual Caucasian instead of the often seen Japanese with hair bleached and dyed to look Caucasian or bizarre colors and eye-makeup and contact lenses to look more Caucasian. A lot of anime is set in a fantasy Japan inhabited entirely by Caucasian-looking people. Looking more Caucasian, at least in their own minds, is something the Japanese have been doing since the Meiji restoration, or at least the Russo-Japanese War, the Meiji-era Japanese educational system was copied from the British, their military system from the Prussians, and a lot of their commercial institutions from America, but no one on the left whines about the Japanese engaging in “cultural appropriation”


19 posted on 04/28/2014 12:28:26 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Constitution Day; martin_fierro

It doesn’t get any better than this.


20 posted on 04/28/2014 12:33:04 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: The_Reader_David

You’re right, the Japanese are obsessed with western culture. From goth lolitas and rockabilly to Malcolm X hats. It’s called celebration, not appropriation.


21 posted on 04/28/2014 3:32:32 PM PDT by Mr. Blond
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To: canuck_conservative
She made the video in Japan, with a Japanese director, Japanese choreographers, and Japanese extras, and she still gets accused of racism??

By people named Amy Zimmerman.

22 posted on 04/28/2014 3:35:43 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Unam Sanctam
Do any actual Japanese in Japan find any problem with this video?

Isn't it racist for white liberals to be the final arbiters on what racial minorities should find offensive?

23 posted on 04/28/2014 3:39:32 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Tijeras_Slim; martin_fierro

I can’t believe I watched all of that. It was like a bullet train wreck.


24 posted on 04/29/2014 12:31:56 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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