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10 Tear-Jerker Music Videos to Prepare You for “The Fault in Our Stars”

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By Christopher Rosa

The Fault in Our Stars hits theaters this weekend, and we’re ready to wallow in tears as we watch two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort)— who meet in a cancer support group— fall in love. In fact, the thought of it is causing our eyes to swell. While we’re in this crying mood, we decided to do some digging and unearth 10 of the weepiest music videos in existence. Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Rowland and even Johnny Cash will make you feel all of the feels.

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Cultural Appropriation in Pop Music: Is That Racist?

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Pop music is full of influences, but when musicians start appropriating the aesthetic of other cultures for their performances, the line between art and racism can get pretty blurry. And with the Internet all a-Twitter with critics just WAITING for pop stars to slip up, more than a few have managed to offend by taking elements of cultures other than their own for some controversial performances. From black culture to Japan and the Middle East, no culture is safe from the sticky fingers of white performers.

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Five Awesome Avril Lavigne Moments That Make Us Forget “Hello Kitty”

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Avril Lavigne‘s widely-panned video for her song, “Hello Kitty,” is still drawing rage from the farthest reaches of the interwebs. The clip, a poorly conceived send-up of Japanese culture, has been deemed racist by many onlookers. But since we love Avril so much, we’re taking the chance to look back on the times she made us smile — instead of making us cringe.

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