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APR 23, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Avril Lavigne, Asian Women Are Not Your Props

Remember that time a white lady brought Japanese Harajuku Girls onto the music scene, using a coterie of exoticized Asian backup dancers as detachable ornaments to wield when said lady needed a dash of quirk? That was 10 years ago, right? Yes, but it was also yesterday. Avril Lavigne's new music video "Hello Kitty" is so derivative of Gwen Stefani's "Harajuku Girls" catastrophe that she is essentially appropriating cultural appropriation. But Lavigne's latest also comes with a few rounds of sexism -- lest secondhand racism didn't suffice. In "Hello Kitty," a group of (relentlessly ... Read More

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