Rarely do we hear the words “No Doubt” and “controversial” together in a sentence, but it’s happening now my friends.
The band, who recently came out with their new album Push and Shove, released their new video for the song “Looking Hot” on YouTube Friday, but have since taken it down due to numerous complaints from the Native American community.
The music video has a heavy “Cowboys and Indians” vibe going on, with singer Gwen Stefani and crew wearing traditional Native American attire, while fighting cowboys.
In response, the band pulled the video and wrote the following response on their 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. 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. 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.?- No Doubt”
Actually, I remember a while back, when Stefani started her solo career and incorporated the Harajuku Girls in her act, there was a bit of controversy surrounding it. Some people believed she was exploiting the girls, being backup, silent dancers and all, but I didn’t see it. She herself said she was obsessed with Japanese culture and the whole Harajuku scene so if anything I think she just wanted to express her love for it all. It seems like with everything though, there’s always going to be critics and haters. I think their heart is in the right place. They’re just a bunch of fun goof balls that like to rock. Plus, Stefani’s style is lovely.
As of right now, you can still see the video below.