Avril Lavigne Laughs Off Video Racism Backlash

Avril Lavigne in her new video for 'Hello Kitty' Avril Lavigne in her new video for 'Hello Kitty'

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Is Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty” Video Racist?: Avril Lavigne’s new video for “Hello Kitty” is not racist – at least, according to the singer. After receiving a heap of criticism for her Japanese culture-filed video – including Billboard dubbing it a “trainwreck” for its “Japan fetishization” – Avril is speaking out. “RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video,” the singer Tweeted. The track is co-written by Avril’s husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. Watch the “Hello Kitty” video and decide! [Twitter]

Why Is Kelly Osbourne Calling Herself Hannibal Lector?: The star debuted a new look (all in the name of her beauty regimen) with some scary results. [Instagram]

James Franco Resorts To Underwear Seflies To Sell His Book: James Franco will go to great lengths in order to get you to buy his new book, “Palo Alto,” but we’re not sure how posing in your underwear will help book sales? [Instagram]

Colbert Says Goodbye To Stewart: In case you missed it, Stephen Colbert stopped by “The Daily Show” on Wednesday to bid farewell to Jon Stewart – in a very Colbert-ish way (including jokes about riding the rails, keeping a mouse in his pocket and spending time with a one-eyed woman). [TheDailyShow]

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