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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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66 COMMENTS

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46.

melanie    

i called it, as a Canadian that loves vril, n her talent, and hates Nickelback, Chads the Yoko ono of Avril

147 days ago
47.

LadeeBrit    

Why is it on for Gwen but not Avril?

147 days ago
48.

LadeeBrit    

Why is it OK for Gwen and not Avril?

147 days ago
49.

Alex    

She's not making fun of Japanese, she just loves them so much she made a song about them.

147 days ago
50.

bozzman    

i like a few of avril's songs but that is the worst garbage i've ever heard

147 days ago
51.

BugBug    

Racist? No... But Im pretty sure my I.Q has dropped because of that song...

147 days ago
52.

Old Man On The Porch    

Too many people with too much time on their hands deciding what is and isn't racist.

147 days ago
53.

shellie    

It's not racist at all, Hello Kitty started in Japan and has been around for 30 years. I don't know what she was thinking when she did this song. It's horrible, and she is honestly a little to old to be singing about Hello Kitty!! I love a lot of he songs but this one....................yeah hell no, not so much!! Poor Chad!

146 days ago
54.

springblues    

I'll tell you why it IS racist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJNeTx0nyME

146 days ago
55.

amirhossien    

i love avril she is perfect

131 days ago
56.

Cookie    

She never ceases to amaze me.She is an untalented ,spoiled ,ugly ,whiny little brat.Go away you hack!

115 days ago
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