August 28, 2013
Is Avril Lavigne a lesbian now?
Avril Lavigne has released the video for ‘Rock N Roll’, the second single from her upcoming fifth studio album, writes Stephanie Davies. The song itself is extremely dull – sort of a Ke$ha meets Taylor Swift thing – but the video is relevant to your interests because of the following reasons:
1. It features a lesbian kiss
2. See 1.
Don’t get too excited though, it’s still more Katy Perry than Joan Jett. You know, less rock n’ roll and more of that famous lesbian sexploitation that sells pop music so well.
The video opens with Lavigne picking up her phone and chirping: “Oh, my new Sony phone is ringing!” She proceeds to chat to the caller, making light reference to her previous hit ‘Sk8r Boi’ – a song which some of you may feel sick to realise came out 11 years ago.
At this stage you might be forgiven for thinking this is one long mobile phone commercial. But then the music starts. Aren’t you glad you waited?
According to some graphic novel-style captioning, ‘Rock N Roll’ is set in a post-apocalyptic world where “The human race is dwindling. Shark attacks on land are on the rise. And the fate of rock n roll is in jeopardy…” In strides Lavigne, channelling Tank Girl in camo gear and war paint. We then see Danica McKellar in the role of Lavigne’s BFF.
After their drunk dog crashes the car they’re in and dies (yeah), the music halts long enough for the pop punk starlet to lock lips with the former child-actress.
And there we have it: the kiss. It could have been a tender, touching or even sexy moment, but the whole video is slightly mocking, so one can’t help but feel that maybe they’re making fun of… us. Especially when the kiss comes directly after the line: “No one could lick his own balls quite like he could.”
Lavigne says in a voiceover: “It was the first kiss for both of us, we never really talked about it afterward but I think about the events of that day again and again, and somehow I know, that Winnie does too.” This quote refers to McKellar’s character on The Wonder Years, Winnie Cooper. In fact, it’s an exact quote.
And then they have a funeral for their dead stuffed dog, who turns into a chainsaw guitar. Typical.
The ‘Complicated’ singer has been notoriously anti-girl in her previous videos, so maybe it’s a good thing that she’s included this suggestively Sapphic scene.
Heck, maybe even the part when she hits a baby with a baking pan is a coded rejection of the maternal and domestic roles thrust upon her by the kyriarchy? And when she slashes up the waitress’ clothes? That’s a precursor to wanting to see her naked.
And maybe, just maybe in ‘Girlfriend’ video when she pushed bespectacled version of herself in a pond, that was really internalised homophobia projecting itself?
Either way, I feel like her and Miley Cyrus should get together and compare notes.
Watch the video and tell us what you think:
Lesbilicious Brighton Review – May 2012
Lesbilicious as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival 2012
May 22, 2012