HATE MAIL

Courtesy of Avril Lavigne fans

This column first appeared @ E-Crap on June 4, 2003

Who would have thunk it? An innocent critique of Avril Lavigne's amateurish and immature "Skater Boi" lyrics (click here to read) triggered the biggest backlash of hate mail to the website since we went live several years ago. 

As you will see by a few of those responses posted below, Avril has dedicated, intelligent, and well-spoken fans and friends! And while I stand by everything I said earlier, I will admit that the new song of hers ("I'm With You") is actually pretty good. But honestly, all the hate mail and evil wishers totally took my words out of context. 

Oh, I also included one who agreed with my Avril assessment (one out of a couple hundred?), and a few hatemails to our former film critique (and no, that's not why he is a "former" contributor - we welcome hate and controversy!)

"I was astounded at your article criticising Avril whatever her name is, the 17 year old who wrote Skater Boy. It's not a great song, but I think it's quite impressive that she evidently wrote it herself, unlike many successful performing artists. For somebody so young she's done exceptionally well.
I was amused by your criticism of the lyrics as immature, when your article itself cannot be classed as anything else, filled with comments such as "Scary scary scary" and "What the heck do you even know...". I then had a browse round the rest of the site to find debates on such cutting subjects as "Which NFL player is the biggest A-Hole?" and "How much do you REALLY love your car." Maybe one day, when you've grown up yourself, you could criticise other people for being immature. At the moment it just comes across as sour grapes."

"you are a pointless mother fucker who has no taste in music"

"How could you even think of dissing Avril when she is one of the most talented, beautiful, original, and celebrated new singers to hit the scene in many many years!!!?? Look at some of the freaks you write good things about, then you say Avril sucks? Well, you suck!!"

"I can understand that not everyone in the world can like Avril but when you want to bash her... i beg of you... at least come up with SOME kind of reason why you don't like her. If your little article on her was supposed to bring her down it has not worked at all.. you have nothing there to support your reasons for hating her and also nothing bad to say about her except for the fact that she's not a slut..unlike Britney Spears.. now really.. do we need another Britney Spears wondering the world filling our minds with garbage that she lipsinks and doesn't even have enough talent to write. Now if you really think Avril's lyrics are that bad.. please let me see some of you own.. but if you really listen to her c.d you will realize that this girl is amazingly talented and deserves all the recognition she is getting.. maybe you shouldn't be so fucking jealous of her success and stop wasting your time bitching about other people's music and do sumthing with your life. It's for your own good."

"AVRIL HAS MORE TALENT IN ONE PINKIE TOE THAN YOUR ENTIRE SORRY ASS EXCUSE FOR AN WEBSITE!!!!! DIE AND ROT IN HELL LIKE YOU DESERVE!!!!!"

"none of your muthafucking bissniss u gay twat. u have no fucking opinion avril lavigne is the best thing that ever diddent happen to u.u stupid muthafucking gay stupid stupid stupid stupid son of a bitch. i thank u for valuing my opinion WANKSTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"How stupid r u criticizing Avril Lavigne? When she wins every Grammy, will u still be criticizing her? U say she can’t write, but why does everyone buy her CD? And why did she win the best new artist at the MTV video awards? Because she is T A L E N T E D! Try actually listening to her before telling people she sucks. Avril is #1 and u dont even know why u hate her!!! Grow up!!!"

"AVRIL’S LYRICS ACTUALLY MEAN SOMETHING, BUT I GUESS YOU ARE TO STUPID TO UNDERSTAND THAT. SHE WRITES ABOUT REALLIFE AND THINGS THAT MATTER TO PEOPLE NOT JUST FANTASY SHIT LIKE SO MANY OTHER SINGERS, OR SLUTS LIKE BRITTANY AND CHRISTINA. I AM GOING TO FORWARD YOUR ARTICAL TO THE FANCLUB YOU WILL BE SORRY THAT YOU EVER WROTE THIS."

And one that agreed with me...

"About the 'Avril Lavigne's' Skater 'Boi' section....I COULD NOT AGREE WITH YOU MORE...it pisses me off that she could write such crap and get payed for it. Not just skater boy, but ALL of her songs....If you take the time and read the lyrics in the book, they make NO SENSE AT ALL. It REALLY pissed me off when she tried to rap, does she LIKE being laughed at? She can't possibly think she's a good writer, I mean, come on, I've made up better lyrics while washing my hair in the shower and Avril says, "I pour all my life into my songs." It has also come to my attention that no one older than 17 or 18, WHATEVER age she is, actually respects her. I think she's a poser, and is trying WAY to hard to fit the 'tough-chick' image. She's a cheap rip-off of Jewel, Alanis, and Sara Mclachlan, as well as a big FAKE. Notice how she rudely copies the singer of 'No Doubt's' tie fad? Anything, but Ordinary? Right......"

And a few love letters to former film contributor BoyGenius...

"You are a fucking retard. Natural Born Killers and Pulp Fiction are two of the best films i have ever seen. They are excellently acted, excellently written and fucking brilliantly directed. Quentin Tarentino is a amazing writer and directed. Rodney Dangerfield was not the best thing about Natural Born Killers. the best actor by far was robert downey jr. The acting was amazing in Pulp Fiction too. Quentin Tarantino was excellent in it, as was Samuel L Jackson. Infact they were all fucking amazing. Granted you are entitled to your opinion but any good movie reviewer would see the good qualities of the films.Something leads me to believe that you said those things about Natural Born Killers and Pulp Fiction purely for controversial purposes.I aggree with your comments about the other films but i must say u are a dick. You can e-mail me back with your comments if you wish but be warned i will not be as gentle next time you make such a big cock up."

"Dear boy genious.I feel so sorry for you. Unfortunatly you have no taste in films. The films you should be slating are films that are actually bad. Pulp Fiction and Natural Born killers are two of my favorate films and have been given the thumbs up from some of the best film makers in the world. Quentin Tarantino has the most respect from all great film lovers and has taken film making to the next level. I would appreciate if you are going to knock films you do it with at least half an ounce of dignety. Being a student of film I would be more than happy to give you some tips on what films are really bad. you know where to e-male me. lots of love."


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