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Avril Lavigne

Japan Says Domo Arigato

For 'Hello Kitty' Homage

4/25/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Avril Lavigne Hello Kitty Video Racist
Back off haters ... Avril Lavigne's controversial "Hello Kitty" music video is NOT racist, and she's actually being hailed as a cultural hero -- at least according to Japanese officials ... TMZ has learned.

The video was posted briefly on YouTube before it was pulled down -- allegedly because it was released early, not because of its content -- but all the same it quickly generated outrage on social media.

Peeps at the Japanese Embassy in Wash. D.C. are pretty chill about it though ... telling us they believe Avril "had only good intentions when making the video."

The spokesman added ... they "would be happy if the discussions surrounding her song and music video results in more people discovering the beautiful and rich culture of Japan."

In other words ... Avril ichiban.

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64 COMMENTS

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1.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

People are entirely too sensitive nowadays, racism is real but this is not it

159 days ago
2.

lili    

Didn't find anything racist about the video but the song is dumb

159 days ago
3.

Rawry    

racist? No. Awful? hell yes..

159 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

I AM WILLING TO NAIL Avril Lavigne.....

159 days ago
5.

The world is disgusting    

What the actual fook?! This is crappy as all get out!

159 days ago
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Dirk Diggler    

It should be pulled for being sh-t.

159 days ago
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BB    

Forget racism. That disaster should be banned from humainity for being just plain HORRIBLE. Dear God that was awful.

159 days ago
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madman-stephan    

Something worse than Nickelback.... My ears are bleeding.

159 days ago
9.

mugadoon    

That "song" and it's hideously ugly and talentless purveyor, SUCK!

159 days ago
10.

DiM    

Avril - you are not 11. That NickelBarf dude must have some sort of pedo thing happening.

159 days ago
11.

bob    

You'd need a truffle sniffing pig to find the racism in that video. I needed to hit the mute switch to make it all the way through it.

159 days ago
12.

cb2013    

That was complete s h i t..

159 days ago
13.

Usagi-chan    

I love that a bunch of white teens online are now the judge of what offends ethnic Japanese. Little, white, social justice warriors get a music video pulled for being racist yet run around using the "n-word!" to talk to their white friends. Despicable.

159 days ago
14.

SusanVanderlint    

Lamest video I've ever seen ... she is a fruitcake

159 days ago
15.

Taurus-4-    

Who really wants to get into Japanese psycho happy culture

159 days ago
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