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Avril Lavigne handles topless protester at Juno Awards 2023


Avril Lavigne smoothly handled a topless protester at the 2023 Juno Awards Monday by telling the woman to “get the f–k off” the stage.

The “Complicated” singer had been introducing performer AP Dhillon during the Canadian award show when the woman crashed the stage with a message written on her back: “SAVE THE GREEN BELT” — an apparent reference to a controversial development plan by the Ontario government.

Initially, Lavigne ignored the protestor but then turned around and swatted at her chest as she said, “Get the f–k off,” and added one more time, “Get the f–k off, bitch.”

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Avril Lavigne deftly handled a topless protester who crashed the stage at the 2023 Juno Awards.
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The “Sk8r Boi” singer told the woman to “get the f–k off the stage.”
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A male security guard then escorted the woman off the stage. It wasn’t made immediately clear if she was kicked out of the venue entirely.

The evening’s host, Marvel star Simu Liu, later complimented the punk rocker for “handling that topless lady like a champion.”

Lavigne, 38, later accepted the TikTok Juno Fan Choice Award and referenced the earlier commotion during her speech.

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Lavigne had been introducing performer AP Dhillon at the time of the interruption.
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“Now nobody try anything this time. I’ll f–k a bitch up,” the “Sk8r Boi” singer joked.

A rep for the Juno Awards didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.

Despite being honored that evening, Lavigne’s new beau, Tyga, did not attend the headline-making award show with the singer. The pair prompted romance rumors while popping up at the same Paris Fashion Week events, and decided to confirm their relationship with a kiss at the end of their trip.

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Lavigne, 38, later accepted the award for the TikTok Juno Fan Choice Award.
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Lavigne recently called off her engagement to fellow musician Mod Sun, who ironically had proposed to the “Girlfriend” singer in Paris.

The 52nd Annual Juno Awards took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, where The Weeknd took home five awards and Nickelback was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.


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