Avril Lavigne: Hello Kitty Video Banned By YouTube!

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Avril Lavigne has made plenty of bad decisions in her life (she's married to Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger, for Pete's sake), but we can't imagine what the Canadian songstress was thinking when she shot the video for her song "Hello Kitty."

The clip features Avril doing her best Nicki Minaj/Ke$ha impression while perpetuating pretty much every negative Asian stereotype in the book. 

Awful as it is, you may want to watch the video while you can, as it's already been banned from YouTube once as a result of outrage from civil rights groups.

YouTube hasn't issued a statement as to why the clip was temporarily pulled this morning.

While the video is certainly offensive there are millions of hours of offensive footage on YouTube and "Hello Kitty" doesn't seem to violate the site's terms of use in any clear way.

It's likely that Lavigne realized some would find the video racially insensitive and is relying on the negative reaction to drum up some publicity for her new single. 

Avril is no stranger to using stunts to help resurrect her ailing career. Earlier this month the singer staged a fake feud with Miley Cyrus for no apparent reason. 

What do you think? Is the video for "Hello Kitty" offensive?

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