Avril Lavigne has responded to comments that the video for her latest single, "Hello Kitty," is racist towards the Japanese.
In a post on Facebook, Lavigne claimed that the video wasn't racist because it was shot in Japan by a Japanese director:
"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."
The track, which was co-written by Lavigne and husband Chad Kroeger, is the fourth single from Lavigne's most recent, self-titled album. The song, and its video have been criticized on many fronts, with commentators taking issue to the portrayal of Japanese culture, the over-sexualization of the Hello Kitty brand, and lyrics that make fun of overweight children.
Critical reception of the track has been overwhelmingly negative.