November 05, 2012 10:00 AM by Donna W. Martin
Former American Idol mentor, Gwen Stefani and band mates, No Doubt released their sixth album in September and recently debuted a music video for the second single from the album, “Looking Hot.” However, the group quickly came under fire and decided to remove the video when fans and members of the Native American community complained that the video was racist.
According to US Weekly, the video for “Looking Hot” depicts Stefani as a Native American Princess dressed in traditionally worn clothing of the Native American people. During the video, she is captured, tied to poles and fights with cowboys.
The video sparked mixed reviews from fans. Some were in support of the video saying it was no big deal and people should “concentrate on real issues instead of attacking a band that has never shown any racism or hate.” While others thought the video was inappropriate because it made “bondage of a Native American woman sexy.”
Stefani and the entire No Doubt crew decided to remove the video. They posted the following statement on their official website. “As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt, or trivialize Native American people, their culture, or their history.” The band went on to say, “Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realize now that we have offended people. This is of great concern to us and we are removing the video immediately.”
No Doubt explained they would never intentionally offend anyone. “The music that inspired us when we started the band and the community of friends, family, and fans that surrounds us was built upon respect, unity, and inclusiveness. We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are.”
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