Labels Are So Complicated

Whether she's "punk" or not, one thing's for certain: Avril Lavigne has spunk.

The 19-year-old singer who is known as the anti-Britney (grungy clothes, plays her own instruments, writes her own music, actually sings live) doesn't appreciate being called a punk rocker.

"You know what's so gay is, like, all these journalists are, like, 'Avril Lavigne's punk and she's a rebel and she does punk-rock music,' " the defiant rocker said in a recent interview, presumably annoyed. (Gay? Ms. Lavigne seems to be referencing the same non-politically-correct playbook as 17-year-old actress Lindsay Lohan, who dismissed a question last week as "retarded.")

"It's like, 'Okay, how stupid are you? . . . Do you even know what punk is?' I am certainly not punk, and I hate it when people try to say that I am."

Would she prefer radio-friendly middle-of-the-road?

Bite Your Tongue

And in other rocker news, two weeks ago we reported that Kiss bassist Gene Simmons probably kissed goodbye some of his fans in Australia when he blasted Islam during a radio interview in that country, describing the religion as "a vile culture" and sexist.

But now the rocker is ready to make up. He says his comments were taken out of context and he wasn't referring to all Muslims.

"I was asked about extremists," the 54-year-old Simmons told the Associated Press. "And that's what I was talking about -- only extremists."

Why he waited two weeks to clear the air is beyond us. Kiss kicks off its U.S. tour on June 10.

Noted . . .

Bachelor Bob Guiney doesn't plan to be a bachelor for much longer. Though he didn't find love on either "The Bachelorette" or "The Bachelor," both ABC's hit reality shows, his 15 minutes of fame helped him meet "All My Children" soap star Rebecca Budig. Five months of dating bliss later, the two -- you guessed it -- are gettin' hitched. "She happened to need an accessory for the [Daytime] Emmys the next day, and I happened to have the perfect accessory," Guiney told People mag, referring to the 2-carat sparkler that he said "was burning a hole in my pocket for a week." . . . Even though they weren't even born during the I-love-Donny-Osmond-era, teen girls, it seems, still swoon at the 46-year-old. While being honored as an outstanding citizen by the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce in Utah, Osmond told a story from his recent trip to London: A local television station asked him to perform his hit "Puppy Love." Much to his surprise, as he began to sing, teen girls rushed the platform, screaming wildly. Taken aback, Osmond says he stopped and asked: "Why are you screaming?" A far-too-honest 16-year-old replied: "Because our moms told us to."

. . . and Quoted

"Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me."

-- President Bush, disclosing an unexpected similarity between himself and Sen. Bill Frist's wife in Nashville on Thursday.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

Gene Simmons finally found time in his schedule for a little damage control.Avril Lavigne is taking aim at those who would dare call her a punk rocker.