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So we've had some controversy a la Avril Lavigne lately, and it isn't just in the J-Pop community... anyone wanna say Hello, Kitty?
|Fueled by happiness and rainbows, I see, Harajuku Girls|
... Okay, what am I missing here? Like seriously... what is everyone having a flap about?
Off the bat, how is this video offensive? Yes, she features Japanese girls in the video and apparently 'fetishes' the fuck out of it all too, and yes she wears a cupcake skirt and speaks in broken Japanese - but tell me what fan doesn't at some point in their life as a fan of Anime/Manga/J-Pop? I mean, calling her out to be racist because she's doing what a majority of us fans do in life at one point in time is like the pot calling the blasted kettle black, isn't it? Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the look of a Japanese Idol made a fetish of plenty, like their innocence or sexy bodies? Yeah, that's what I thought.
Seriously, if you're going to finger point Avril for doing what a good majority of companies already do
I also feel like we shouldn't be jumping to the gun here when other artists have previously done something similar to this in their videos or songs, singing in either broken Japanese or featuring Japanese girls/elements to their videos. Anyone remember Gwen Stefani? Harajuku Girls? Jesus, she sang a song about them and everything that was duller than this song is! Also, don't forget Beckii Cruel and her short-lived Japanese Idol run; this isn't the first, or last, video that has come from an English-speaking artist that features the Japanese look or culture. So going on that this is terrible, racist and weeabo-ish is like saying other artists are saints regarding how they may have done their videos.
Honestly, other than all the deranged hype over this video, I really don't mind it that much. It's not an amazing video by all means - sure, it's an explosion of cupcakes, colour and over-the-top excitement on Avril's part, but otherwise it's very boring and very try-hard, to the point where the 'enthusiasm' Avril pulls off appears fake and over done. Don't get me wrong here, because she could be having the time of her life for all we know, but from what I can see it all seems like she's putting it on. That said, whatever. It's not like I've ever done an over-the-top reaction to something...
Oh wait, but I have! Still though, if that's what she wants for her video, or what the director wants, kudos to them and all that jazz. That said, the video is rather boring aside from the fuck-tonne of colour thrown in there. The rest of it though? Stale enthusiasm that I want to pass on.
The video, in all of its un-enthusiastic glory, has an even worse song accompanying it, though a bloody catchy one at that. It's like this cluster-fuck of shit EDM borrowed from Morning Musume's One Two Three, which I wish was on right now
It all reminds me of why I abandoned English music in the first place, actually. It's terrible!!!
Still, the song is a personal preference thing here, and what won't work for me will probably work for others. Seriously though, don't write out this song for the pure fact that it hosts shitty lyrics and a shitty backing track, or because people are ripping their hair out over it being 'racist' or 'weeabo'
|ARGH! No wonder you frowned your way through this video! STOP SMILING!!!!|
Avril just so happened to post a video that didn't agree with a good majority of the world, but whatever. Let her do her thing and get over it.
Now, time to numb my mind with huge doses of alcohol and the shit-storm of One Two Three... urgh, I've stooped so low in my life.