No Doubt Pulls Music Video Amid Cries of Racism
The video for No Doubt's new single, "Looking Hot," premiered online Friday — but the band was quickly forced to take it down after some viewers claimed it was offensive to Native Americans.
The clip features singer Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal both wearing Native American headdresses and other attire. Kanal rescues Stefani from two cowboys, played by guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young.
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On Saturday, No Doubt issued an apology through its official website.
"As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures," the statement reads. "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."
While the video has been pulled from the band's official site and YouTube, some websites like Daily Motion have kept it up. Watch it here.
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