It has come to my attention that the majority of the world will never accept Avril again (at least during this phase), all thanks to her song "What the Hell." The second single shouldn't really help much either.
At first, I thought it was only people on Youtube who were being stubborn about the whole thing, but turns out it's everyone. A week or two ago, I was talking to my friend about music. We both agree that Lady Gaga is a creepy weirdo, and Ke$ha is trashy and annoying. My friend was talking about how she doesn't like either of their attitudes, and this was coming from probably the most positive, optimistic person I know. Then I started ranting about how Lady Gaga tries way too hard to be unique, when all Avril Lavigne had to do was wear ties and baggy pants. Then my friend said she doesn't like Avril's attitude either, and how she shows how "trashy" she is with WTH, and even "Girlfriend." Then of course, I tried explaining how she wasn't serious with the song and didn't even want to release it, but that didn't really go anywhere. This whole incident just showed me that, if someone as optimistic as her doesn't even like Avril because of that song, then no one else will, other than die-hard fans and mainstream addicts. (No offense to anyone who is...)
So, in case an anti-fan like that happens to come across this page, I want to clear a few things up. Avril was not serious with "What the Hell." It was just a song she wrote for fun and didn't even plan on releasing. But of course, her label RCA forced her to. They wanted the entire album of Goodbye Lullaby to be another Best Damn Thing because that's what sells these days. Avril did not want this, however, so she put her foot down, and that caused some conflicts with her and RCA, hence, the year-long delay (plus the divorce). In the end, she had to compromise, and put a couple upbeat songs on the record (WTH and Smile), but the rest of the album is just like Let Go. I only wish she could've shown people that by releasing a deeper song as a second single...
That's another thing that frustrates me. The way the musical/mainstream industry works... they only play a single or two that's relatively new from an album, and they play it over and over and over again on the radio until it drives enough people mad. Because of this, most people either don't bother to look up Avril because they get enough of her one song on the radio, or they look her up only to listen to that song. It's such a shame that those people will never hear the brilliance of her unpopular songs like "Who Knows," "Remember When," "Anything But Ordinary," etc. (Just listing random ones that come to mind.)
Even though everyone else complains about WTH being overplayed and whatnot, I've actually only heard it once on the radio. Since my family is obsessed with mainstream, I'm forced to listen to it quite frequently, but instead of hearing Avril's songs, I hear Gaga and Katy Perry and Taylor Swift crap that came out either before or around the same time as Goodbye Lullaby. Avril's been around WAY longer than all of them, and her music is way better (IMO obviously) than theirs, and it's new. Shouldn't radio stations be playing her music (at least the upbeat songs) as well? Or at least on more than one station, so it's not like a scavenger hunt to try and find one that plays her. I've noticed the same thing with bands like Paramore. Their music is incredible as well, but when Brand New Eyes came out, I never heard their music on the radio.
Anyways, kinda got off topic there. Sure, Avril can be crazy and immature at times, sometimes more than others. But can't we all? I see people in their 30's-40's acting WAY less mature than her. She's only 26. She's a happy person who wants to have fun. Yeah, she was annoying as heck on the Chelsea Lately interview and I much prefer watching her other ones, but that was just her being a free spirit. It's what her song "Smile" is about. I see interviews of Hayley Williams acting just as crazy as Avril does at times, but no one ever complains about that, even though those two are only 2 or 3 years apart.
Well, I guess my point being is, people, get over that fact that Avril isn't a 17-year-old tomboy anymore. Forget about the whole Girlfriend/Best Damn Thing era, because Goodbye Lullaby is fantastic, and if you don't want upbeat songs, skip over WTH and "Smile." The album is just like Let Go for the most part, so at least give it a shot before assuming it's just like her previous record.
Thanks for reading my long, probably unnecessary rant.