No Doubt Pull ‘Looking Hot’ Video After Offending Native Americans
No Doubt have pulled their video for ‘Looking Hot‘ off the web after realizing that the content had offended Native Americans. In the cowboys and Indians clip, frontwoman Gwen Stefani portrayed a blonde version of Pocahontas, living life on the frontier, while her bandmates engaged in a variety of Wild, Wild West machinations.
The band posted a statement about why they was yanking the video, and was quick to point out that offending people of other cultures was never, ever the intention. We certainly believe that the band meant no harm, no foul. And we think it was big of them to pull the video down since some people were upset by it.
Below is the full text of their post, which they shared on their official website, revealing that they had even consulted academics when filming the video so as not to offend anyone.
In Regards to Our “Looking Hot” Music Video
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
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