Avril says #TheJokeIsOld.

Avril has finally had it with the Nickelback jokes.

Earlier this week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted a series of comedic videos introducing Jarvis, the AI system he designed. One of the videos included a dig at Nickelback: when Mark asks Jarvis to play some good Nickelback music, the system (with the voice of Morgan Freeman) responds: “I’m sorry Mark, I’m afraid I can’t do that. There are no good Nickelback songs.”

While jokes at the expense of the famously unpopular Canadian band are extremely commonplace, this one did not go over well with Avril Lavigne, ex-wife of the band’s lead singer Chad Kroeger. Even though they are no longer together, the pair are extremely amicable, and have even continued working on music together since their split. Avril therefore felt it necessary to come to the band’s defence, composing a message directed at Mark. In the message posted to Twitter, she writes: “you’re allowed your musical opinion, however your jab at Nickelback is in poor taste.” She goes on to call Mark out for bullying the band: “you may want to consider being more responsible with promoting bullying, especially given what’s going on in the world today.”

She ends the message reminding Mark that Nickelback has sold over 50 million records and that #TheJokeIsOld. Mark Zuckerberg has yet to respond to Avril’s comments.

I agree that bullying should never be tolerated, but Nickelback jokes are so widespread that it seems a little pointless to come after Mark for one little jab.

Thoughts? Do you consider Mark’s joke a form of bullying?