#340: A Complicated Conspiracy

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It’s a story as old as time –

He was a boy
She was a girl
Can I make it anymore obvious Then she died and was clandestinely replaced by a double at the height of her fame

Avril Lavigne is one of a kind… or is she?

If this is the first you’ve heard of this Avril replacement theory, buckle up.

Comedian Joanne McNally pushes us down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole that suggests Avril Ramona Lavigne isn’t who you think she is and that just as her career took off she died, had her death covered up by her record label, and was replaced by some woman named Melissa.

This is where you ask yourself, why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?

Who Replaced Avril Lavigne? unravels what would have to go into maintaining the facade but also taps into the things that lure people into conspiracy theories. Across six anything but ordinary episodes, you get to understand how rumor mill are designed to latch onto sensationalistic stories that have you doubting reality while also trying to understand the plausibility of it all.

Try doing that without losing grip of reality.

Who Replaced Avril Lavigne? is sure to amuse and fascinate anyone intrigued by pop culture's wilder theories and anyone who grew up in the early oughts. Whether you liked the music or not, Avril (or Melissa depending on your view of this all – you’re nobody’s fool) was an absolute force.

Our take? Who knows, but have you ever been to Napanee? There is no way that town could keep this under wraps if any of it were true! Avril put it on the map and there are enough small-town gossips that it’d be too much to ask for everyone to keep quiet.

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