The problem with Avril Lavigne's "Hello Kitty" is not that it is racist or exploitative of Japanese. (Link)
The problem is that it is cringeworthingly, strap-Malcolm-McDowell-down-with-his-eyelids-pried-open bad.
(Hello Kitty) If I am going to be musically distressed whilst watching a video shot in Tokyo, I would rather it be by Nakata Yasutaka's polyrhythms: (World of Fantasy) While we are on the subject of North American bottle blond pop stars with a Japanese street fashion fetish, let it be on the record that "Hollaback Girl of Constant Sorrow" is still the best mashup ever: (Hollaback Girl of Constant Sorrow)
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