No Doubt Take Down ‘Looking Hot’ Video with Native American Images

2012-11-05

Story by Cat Badra

No Doubt is apologizing to fans after posting a new music video that offended some Native Americans

Gwen Stefani and the guys of No Doubt have deleted its newest video from the web following fielding grievances that it was inconsiderate of Native Americans. The video for “Looking Hot,” which the band released and then pulled down on Friday (Nov. 2), shows Stefani wearing traditional Native American wear in conjunction with a Wild West-inspired tale. Bass player Tony Kanal played the role of a tribe chief, and guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young portrayed cowboys who seized Stefani.

It wasn’t long before the video garnered criticism on YouTube and, consequently, was taken down.

An official statement delivered Saturday (Nov. 3) via No Doubt’s website explains, “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.”

The band then closes, “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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