Avril Lavigne is laughing out loud at accusations that her new music video, "Hello Kitty," is racist.
The clip was released on Wednesday on her website and on YouTube and shows the 29-year-old pop rock singer sporting a cupcake skirt in a candy store and sushi restaurant, performing with dancers sporting neutral expressions and yelling random Japanese phrases. "Hello Kitty" was later removed from the video website but later returned (watch it below).
Many fans expressed outrage over the clip on Twitter. One user, @ClassicJanvier said: "I never thought I'd say this but can we get back the Faux Punk Rock Skatergirl Avril Lavigne? Instead of this super racist version."
"RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!!" Lavigne said on her Twitter page. "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."
Her spokesperson also told ABC News Radio that the "Hello Kitty" video is "an homage to all the things she loves about Japan. "Food, fashion, fun!"
The spokesperson also added that the video was "not pulled from YouTube," but rather "GEO BLOCKED" because they were unauthorized versions fans had uploaded and VEVO, a music video hosting website run by record companies, had exclusive rights to post the clip first. "Hello Kitty" was reposted on Lavigne's official YouTube channel on Wednesday night.
The song is is the fourth single released from Lavigne's self-titled fifth studio album, preceded by the tracks "Here's To Never Growing Up," "Rock N Roll" and "Let Me Go," featuring her husband, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.
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