No Doubt Video Accused Of Racism
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Nov 5, 2012 - 6:05:44 PM
HOLLYWOOD—Rock band No Doubt's latest music video for their single, "Looking Hot," was pulled from YouTube and Vevo after many complained that it was racist towards Native Americans.
Photo still of Gwen Stefani from the video "Looking Hot."
In the video, lead singer Gwen Stefani wore costumes similar to those of traditional American Indians as she was tied up and handcuffed as she proceeded to dance around teepees and fight cowboys. Various members of the Native American community expressed their concerns with the video's portrayal of their heritage.
The Facebook page For Accurate Indigenous Representation Media (F.A.I.R.) flagged the video and wrote a statement to the band. “Gwen Stefani - You may think you are ”˜Looking Hot’ - but you are not. You are just looking like yet another insensitive, entitled, Hipster who is letting her white privilege slip show. And it's oh so unfashionable.”
After taking the video down, the band issued a statement on their official website in order to apologize to those they may have offended.
"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," read the statement.
"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 video was directed by Melina Matsoukas who also directed Rihanna's music video for "S&M." Matsoukas was issued a lawsuit from photographer David LaChapelle as he claimed his photos were imitated without his consent.
No Doubt will release a lyric video for "Looking Hot" to replace the original video.
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