- The Washington Times - Friday, December 23, 2016

Avril Lavigne says the long-running joke about Nickelback being the world’s worst band is played out and amounts to bullying.

The Canadian singer, who was married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger until they separated in 2015, criticized Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for “bullying” the rock band in a video showing off his new artificial intelligence assistant “Jarvis.”

In a video introducing the Morgan Freeman-voiced product, Mr. Zuckerberg commands Jarvis to “play us some good Nickelback songs,” to which Jarvis responds, “there are no good Nickelback songs.”

“Good, that was actually a test,” Mr. Zuckerberg quips.

In a message posted on competing social media website Twitter, Ms. Lavigne said the joke was “in poor taste.”

“Many people use your products — some people love them and some people don’t. Either way, you’re allowed your musical opinion however, your jab at Nickelback is in poor taste,” she wrote Thursday evening.

“When you have a voice like yours, you may want to consider being more responsible with promoting bullying, especially given what’s going on in the world today,” she wrote, concluding with the hashtags, #SayNoToBullying #TheJokeIsOld #NickelbackHasSoldOver50MillionAlbums.”

Ms. Lavigne also tagged Nickelback in the post, along with several anti-bullying organizations.

Her post received more than 6,400 retweets as of Friday morning.

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