No Doubt Apologizes For “Racist” Video, Pulls It

    November 6, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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No Doubt’s newest single off their album “Push And Shove”, called “Looking Hot”, was pulled from YouTube just a day after it was put up after it garnered several complaints of racism.

The video, which shows singer Gwen Stefani dressed as a Native American princess and being captured by her cowboy bandmates, debuted on Friday and was dubbed offensive by several viewers, prompting the band to issue a statement:

“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.”

The band hasn’t elaborated on what they plan to do with the single or whether they are going to release a new video for it; for now, you can watch the original over at Gawker.

  • Vision

    This is is So Wak! Ok Ok lets renig on the YMCA Song and video Then. Give me a Break! DO what the hell you please! Theres only a Handful of Native Americans who respect the old ways and a video is not going to make or break their culture!

  • No

    The saddest part is the dismissal by most people in the dominant culture that the video is racist. I seriously doubt that the band was aiming to offend, but they were still incredibly naive and ignorant. Native costumes and cultural appropriation are socially acceptable and those who object are called overly sensitive or reactionary, yet it’s essentially the same as wearing blackface (which everyone instinctively understands to be disgusting and morally wrong). I hope the band puts their money where their mouths are and educates its fans on how douchey it is to make cartoons out of people who have been disenfranchised, stigmatized, manipulated, culturally and physically raped, and enslaved.