avril lavigne

so basically everyone’s calling avril a racist because her video is weird and tries to be j-poppy

does it still count as cultural appropriation when the video features REAL JAPANESE PEOPLE in REAL JAPANESE LOCATION, with the help of a REAL JAPANESE CREW?

people mean well but they’re basically saying that all the people who worked alongside avril to make this video are being exploited. Isn’t that basically robbing everyone who worked on this video of any kind of agency?

Japan DID start the whole global kawaii ambassador spiel. A cursory glance at anything Kyary Pamyu Pamyu makes me think that Avril was trying to emulate that whole aesthetic. There are plenty of people in Japan who want to see Jpop go worldwide (more worldwide?) and it’s downright offensive to frame this as a matter of colonial white culture vs. exploited appropriated natives.

sure the video is kind of tacky and the song is dumb but it seems to me (as a J person) that Avril was trying to be as authentic and genuine with all this as she could. Unlike a certain other pop artist, Avril isn’t putting on yellowface and parading every negative Asian stereotype in existence on live television.

Rather, it comes across as something of a collaboration, working with people who are actually involved in the culture she is referencing.

just my take.




There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!


It just keeps…… getting. …. better


when people say i look nice today


but then they just try to get me to do something


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