Is April Lavigne’s Hello Kitty Offensive?

April Lavigne has released a new song and music video called “Hello Kitty.” The music video has Lavigne singing and dancing on site in Japan with a backup cast of Japanese women.

Some people online have been calling the video racist. Avril Lavigne responded via Twitter.

“RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! 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.”

As someone who loves the Japanese culture I agree I don’t see anything particularly racist, or even offensive there. Kotaku East even pointed out that all of the things referenced in the video are true to life and not stereotypical.

Check it out below. What do you think?

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