Good question. But Iconoclasm not only forbids the venerations of Icons, but also their use in general.
The iconoclast heresy is the heresy in which the veneration of images of Jesus Christ and the Saints is forbidden.
How does one venerate an avatar?
Actually the iconoclasts weren't always very consistent. Sometimes they said images are okay, but for instructional purposes only, so they have to be put up where people can't venerate them. Sometimes they said no images of saints, just Christ and His Mother. Sometimes no images except the Cross. Sometimes no images whatsoever, like Muslims.
It seems to me the main thing that really distinguishes iconodules from iconoclasts is the "-dule" part. We in the Orthodox Tradition are not merely iconophiles but iconodules; we venerate
icons; we do not just use them for instructional or decorative purposes. We have them so that they can be venerated. Icons are meant to be used in worship, not put on t-shirts, coffee cups, etc.
So yes this is a silly conversation in a way, but it contains important things as well.