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Anonymous asked: hey why did you say the video hello kitty was racist? i got to see it but i didnt understand a word she said or the subject of the video i was all the time like wtf is this shiiiit so please explain to me why you said that ty and have a nice day♥

onthespiral:

(pre-answer caveat: I am a white Irish woman so I’m pretty far removed from this, you maybe you’d be better off asking japanese bloggers, or maybe the good folk over at thisisnotjapan)

Basically, it’s appropriation, consumerisation and  it’s another example in a fairly long list of Western pop artists appropriating shit from Japan, and using Japanese women as silent props to add to the aesthetic:  Lavigne’s backup dancers are dressed the same, have the same haircut, so they’re kinda only there to be indistinguishable from each other and just… be Japanese? It’s not the first time this has happened, throw your mind back to Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku girls:

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And Katy Perry’s trainwreck of a ‘geisha’ performance:

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This isn’t limited to pop music, IIRC Evanescence’s Call Me When Your Sober video had a similar troupe of dancers in the background… just because (I’m open to correction on this).

The problem with this is that these women are basically used as props so that white female artists can have a ‘look’ or a style to their music video or performances. They’re exoticised and fetishised for their race, and made into accessories.

Lavigne’s mess of a video is adding to this trend of chopping up Japanese culture into bit-sized consumable pieces, throwing some random Japanese words into the lyrics for good measure. It’s appropriative, and creates a simplistic (and sellable, I guess)  Western idea of Japan and Japanese culture. The long and short of it is that this video is basically steeped in privilege. When was the last time a Japanese artist had success in the American/Western charts? Yet Lavigne can make this trainwreck with little to no repercussions beyond people saying it’s shit, and Hello Kitty coming for her ass for copyright. She can bounce back from this, and drop the appropriated Japanese imagery like yesterday’s socks, while Japanese artists using this aesthetic in Japan will probably never break the Western market. This shit only sells when white people are appropriating it and making it into a caricature

I dunno if that answers your question, anon, but it’s the best I can do in my PJs.

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"Avril Lavigne, your apparent love for Hello Kitty may be genuine, but if you have any respect for the woman who designed her or for Japanese people and culture as a whole, it is not apparent in your song or accompanying video. Your lyrics are not only offensive to Shimizu Yuko, the creator of Hello Kitty, but to queer women who struggle daily with exactly the kind of objectification your song is presenting to your fans. Young queer women are already endangered by adult men who want to “conquer” them, who want to view them in private, natural and intimate acts, who want them to be nothing more than a form of entertainment, and the fact that you are coupling this in-song male-gaze driven storyline with a character designed for pre-adolescent girls makes your music a disgusting attempt to regain the popularity that you once had and never deserved. Your entire video perpetuates Japanese sterotypes, including, but not limited to, the “innocent” aspect of Japanese women; the robotic, passive persona of Japanese women; the “kawaii” aspects ingrained in their general culture; the vanity present in how Japanese women apparently present themselves; and so on. As someone who fights against cultural appropriation and for the basic rights of queer persons of all genders, your song and video made for mass media consumption have offended me and, undoubtedly, offended many others."

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littlemissrantsalot:

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i want to create a tv show about a group of friends where they’re all queer except the one token cishet friend who’s only there to say stereotypical “straight” things for laughs like “macklemore got me into rap” and “my mom and i got into a fight because she wouldn’t buy me a fourth obey snapback”

Or we could just stop stereotyping people.

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officialunitedstates:

the hardest part about being in the fbi is remembering all the acronyms.  fbi?  i have no idea what that stands for.  lol?  what is that