No Doubt pulls racist 'Looking Hot' video and apologizes for cultural appropriation

no-doubt-native-american-indian-looking-hot.png No Doubt's recently released video for "Looking Hot" spurred an outcry from the Native American community and allies. In the video, Gwen Stefani is seen wearing costumes inspired by traditional American Indian garb, while being tied up, handcuffed, dancing around teepees, and battling cowboys.

One YouTube commenter wrote, "This video is very insensitive and very discourteous. Stefani, you have disrespected and slighted the entire Native American people with your counterfeit portrayal of our heritage. The way you pranced and frolic around, dressed in so called Native American attire, is a mockery of our way of life and culture. You have also debased all Native American women. The word squaw is very insulting and demeaning to me and all Native American women."

In response, No Doubt has removed the video from their YouTube channel and issued an official statement apologizing for its content. Read the full statement below.

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.



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