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Avril Lavigne laughs off racism claims

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Over the past few days, Avril Lavigne has been slammed for appropriating Japanese culture in her "Hello Kitty" music video, which includes — among its general musical sins — four stoic, identical backup dancers and an extended sequence at a sushi restaurant.

But is the "Hello Kitty" video racist? Not according to Lavigne, who took to Twitter to laugh off the claims:

She also provided an official, working link for anyone who'd like to judge the video for themselves. I suggest watching with the sound off. --Scott Meslow