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!"
…specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan.