Avril Lavigne addressed talk of her being a “punk rocker” in an interview with Reuters. “You know what’s so gay is, like, all these journalists are, like (saying in faux hushed reverence), ‘Avril Lavigne’s punk and she’s a rebel and she does punk rock music,”‘ Lavigne fumed. “It’s like, ‘OK, how stupid are you? … Do you even know what punk is?’ I am certainly not punk, and I hate it when people try to say that I am.”
Avril Lavigne Phones Into WBLI From Paris
May 27, 2004 – Avril Lavigne phoned into WBLI in Long Island earlier today to discuss her slot on BLI Summer Jam. Avril talked about wanting diet pop in her dressing room, but didn’t really care about what they gave her. She was in Paris, France today doing press for ‘Under My Skin’ and getting chased around by paparazzi. The 4 1/2 minute interview audio at wbli.com has since been removed.
Fans Working Overtime For Avril Lavigne
May 27, 2004 – Guy Dixon of the Toronto Globe and Mail profiled the free online promotion Avril Lavigne has been getting thanks to Sharifa Mohamed, who runs Avrilbandaids, which claims to be the biggest independent Avril Lavigne fan club on the internet. “I wanted the chance to support an artist who’s given me so much and has helped me so much in my life,” Mohamed said. “When Avril goes out and sells 10 million copies or 20 million copies of a record, I consider that a success on my part, basically.”
Damien Baits Bird Flippin’ Avril Into ‘TRL’ Doghouse
May 27, 2004 – The New York Daily News reports Avril Lavigne got her ‘Total Request Live’ appearance cut short after giving a middle fingered salute on the program that airs live on the east coast. Damien Fahey asked Lavigne what she thought of the media and the labels that critics have slapped on her, so Lavigne responded by thrusting her middle finger into the camera. In the post Janet Jackson breast flashing environment, ‘TRL’ producers were furious and told Lavigne she wouldn’t be able to perform a scheduled second song on the program. “It’s totally inappropriate to make that gesture on the air,” one MTV source complained, apparently giving Fahey a pass for tossing the flamebait question. “It’s a little disrespectful to the audience.”