I usually love all things Avril Lavigne, but I have been deeply disturbed over the new video of her single, “Girlfriend”. It’s like a perfect storm of awful–with acting so bad it could win a Razzie, outfits so bad they belong in the rubbish bin (knee high striped tube socks??? WHY???), moral/song theme so awful it could have been a Fergie song, AND A DANCE SEQUENCE??? AAAAAARRRRUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH! Avril don’t dance!!! (Or shouldn’t be allowed to.)
There are, like, so many things wrong with this video and song I can’t even begin to list them. I just want to throw myself against the wall after watching this. I can’t figure out how something like this happened, it’s just so…mindnumbing.
It’s like the Pussycat Doll’s “Don’t Cha”, but without the sass and 10x as more childish. Why is she regressing by doing dumbed-down versions of Gwen Stefani dance songs? Avril don’t do happy and upbeat well, it just comes off as obnoxious.
Let’s take a look at some sample lyrics:
In a second you’ll be wrapped around my finger
‘Cause I can, cause I can do it better
There’s no other, so when’s it gonna sink in
She’s so stupid, what the hell were you thinking?
What??? This is like the theme song of romantically deranged tween girls everywhere. If you could have him wrapped around your finger in a second, why are you spending 3 minutes and 49 seconds telling me about it? JUST DO IT AND LEAVE ME ALONE!
When Avril is singing the song she looks like even she can’t believe this pile of crap she’s performing. She’s making bratty faces at the camera, almost as to say “yeah, I know, it’s totally obnoxious, eat it up you mindless bitches!”
I also have a problem w/ the continuity. Why is blonde Avril interacting with the dude? It’s dark-haired Avril that is the one in the song. Oh my god. I can’t believe I just spent time thinking about continuity in a music video. It’s that bad.
I much prefer vintage (and more somber) Avril like “My Happy Ending”:
Or the greatest Avril Lavigne video ever, “I’m With You”: