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Japan Isn't Offended By Avril. So Why Are We?

Sourcefed called it a "racist appropriation of Japanese kawaii culture." Policy Mic said Lavigne was "one step away from squinting her way through this one." And on our shores, Canada.com wrote that she treated her Asian backup dancers as "passive, adorable background decoration for a wealthy North American pop singer." What did Japan think of the video? Funny, few seemed to ask. Avril Lavigne's haters have piled on over the "Hello Kitty" video, accusing her of racism for using Asian dancers as "props" and "decorations." It seems like Avril's critics were less concerned with learning anything about Japan or checking to see what the affected party thought.