Is swearing censored on Canadian television?
Avril Lavigne had an interesting appearance at the 2023 Juno Awards (Canada’s Music Awards) yesterday when she was announcing the next performance of the night, and a topless protester took to the stage.
Lavigne was introducing Indo-Canadian musician AP Dhillon as a performer while the topless protester - wearing bright pink flare pants and combat boots - danced around her with a message scrawled on her back: Save The Greenbelt.
As Consequence Of Sound reports, Ontario’s Greenbelt is two million acres of protected, open green area that developers have recently begun eyeing for residential and industrial development projects.
Lavigne took it in her stride, completely announcing Dhillon before addressing the protester, commenting with a chuckle: “Get the fuck off, bitch”. Security guided the protester off-stage. View the footage below.
When Lavigne was presented with the TikTok Juno Fan Choice Award later that night, she quipped, “Now, nobody try anything this time. Or the Canadian is gonna come out of me, and I’ll fuck a bitch up.”
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Avril Lavigne stormed into the ARIA Charts in February 2019 with her sixth album, Head Above Water. The record debuted at #9 on the ARIA Albums chart but lost out on the highest debut to The Cat Empire's Stolen Diamonds, which charted at #4. Florida Georgia Line's Can't Say I Ain't Country debuted at #7.
More recently, she released her seventh album, Love Sux, in February last year, which signified a return to her punkier pop roots.
The album also featured a collaboration with Yungblud on the track I’m A Mess. Love Sux debuted in the top 3 on the ARIA Charts and top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, landing at #2 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart, Top Rock Albums Chart, and Top Alternative Albums Chart.
Lavigne’s sixth Top 10 album on the Billboard Top 200 Chart was released on 25 February via Travis Barker’s DTA Records.