Avril Lavigne Accused of Racism for Her 'Hello Kitty' Video

| by Michael Allen

Pop singer Avril Lavigne is being accused of racism for her new video "Hello Kitty."

In the video (below), Lavigne wears a cupcake tutu, speaks a little Japanese ("arigato") and has Asian backup dancers in a candy store. Also in the video, she is served sushi and sake, notes the New York Daily News.

However, Entertainment Weekly said that Lavigne "fetishized" the Japanese culture and raised "serious questions about whether it's offensive or offensively obvious." Billboard magazine called the video an "embarrassment in any language."

“The video is an homage to all the things she loves about Japan," Lavigne's rep told ABC News. "Food, fashion, fun!"

For her part, Lavigne denied the video was racist with tweets on 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.

Sources: Twitter, ABC News, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, New York Daily News