May the force by with you as you go on a baking adventure with R2D2. There are some novelty items that I keep in my kitchen, but none of them are as useful as this. And it won’t take up hardly any drawer space considering how easily all of it snaps back together. Because nothing is worse than a bunch of measuring cups floating around all willy nilly in the drawers, amirite?
Avril Lavigne just released the new video for her song “Hello Kitty” and, oh lawdy, hold on your PC-meters because this one’s about to go off the charts.
It’s a blatant rip-off of Gwen Stefani’s “Harajuku Girls” phase where she blatantly decided to appropriate a subset of Japanese culture for herself and reminiscent of Miley Cyrus desperately twerking her way into African-American culture here in the US.
Now, of course, I am far from someone who gets offended by these types of things (the thing I’m most offended of in this music video is how shitty the song is), but there are some people on the internet who say that Avril’s new video is cultural appropriation at its worst, using women of color as props. From Death & Taxes:
Not only is she using women of color as accessories, but they’re all indistinguishable from one another in terms of clothing and hairstyle. Lavigne herself stands apart from the crowd an obnoxious cupcake tutu and highlighted blonde hair, shrieking her valley girl shrieks of “Arigato!” and “Kawaii!” . . .
I am hoping, possibly vainly, that we can–as a society–come to a point where watching some idiot white girl using WOC as nameless, identical accessories is just as disturbing as watching Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney dance around in blackface in “Babes in Arms.”
However you feel about Avril Lavigne, I think what we can all agree is that this a tired trope that’s already been done ten years ago and is completely unoriginal. And that this song is just utter garbage, both musically and lyrically.
April 22, 2014