No Doubt's "Looking Hot" Video Gets Pulled For Looking Racist

Categories: No Doubt
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No, wait...it's not what it looks like!

Well, this is embarrassing. Of all the things No Doubt have been skewered for in the public eye over the years, we never thought racial stereotyping would be one of them. Over the weekend, the Huffington Post and E! Online reported that Orange County's biggest band caught some serious flack over their cowboys-and-Indians-themed video for the single "Looking Hot." They've subsequently yanked the video and issued an apology. The nearly four-minute video depicts front woman Gwen Stefani as a Native American warrior princess galloping the plains, sending smoke signals, chucking spears and being tied up by band mates/cowboys Tom Dumont and Adrian Young. Bassist Tony Kanal, who also plays an Indian (a different kind than he actually is) helps rescue Stefani, tomahawk in hand. What could make this cringe-worthy scenario even worse? November is Native American Heritage Month! Although the video had been released on Friday, by Sunday, it had officially taken down, with an apology from the band via their website.

"As a multi-racial band, our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures," No Doubt said in a statement. "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." (Link to the video after the jump!)

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Here's the link to the video

The apology continues:

"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."

Perhaps you're wondering how No Doubt got into this mess. How did they let  director Melina Matsoukas tell them this was the best possible depiction of a song about, um, staring in the mirror? (Seriously, what is this song about?) "Looking Hot" is the second single off the band's new album, Push and Shove (released in September, their first album in about a decade). Of all the things that could represent this song, a cliché spaghetti western is probably the the last thing on our minds. Whatever the reasoning may have been, it's obvious things aren't looking too hot for the band's PR team right about now. While this video does seem pretty offensive, regardless of intentions, we're wondering what No Doubt fans have to say about the situation. Is everyone just making way too big a deal of this? Should the band's act of contrition be more than a post on their website? Seriously, anybody know what this song is about?

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educateyourself27
educateyourself27

Gwen Stefani is a repeat offender!  I am not surprised at all... I also wouldn't consider No Doubt a multi-racial band (at least the way the word is commonly used).

roseheels
roseheels

Good to see so many calling out this racist shit. This is not about being politically correct or sensitive, it is about having guts and standing up to this dumb shit you see on tv, in movies and everywhere in our culture. You dumb ass young people need to stop being little bitches for the wealthy white supremacist elite of the world. Don't just bend over for this shit while you're busy on facebook and getting wasted. Wake up and stand for something.

ObeySheriffJoe
ObeySheriffJoe

Where can I see the video.  I need to rate it for racial insensitivity, and how much nipple Gwen shows.  Couldn't have happened to a douchier band.

brandonf76
brandonf76

Years ago, I seem to recall Adam Corolla telling Dr. Drew about how offended Gwen Stefani got over a comment he made about Indians (I believe it had something to do with Corolla asking what type of Indian a person they had been discussing was.) Interesting. If true, it appears her sensitivity meter was malfunctioning when she ok'd this video.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

If you had been paying attention, you'd know that if there is any 'racism' here it is against white men. It was the Indians that took our people captive (when they didn't slaughter them outright). Google 'captivity narrative'. 

 

 

Ray Man Wut
Ray Man Wut

Guess what we're all one big ass ugly lump by now. Mexican, native, middle eastern...honestly no one cares. Its not like you hear white people saying ,"hey im 32% polish, not scottish. Give it a break.

Brian J. Arra
Brian J. Arra

Leave us Natives' alone and go after muslims. : )

Jamie Nicole Rocha
Jamie Nicole Rocha

As a Native...I am more offended by people's reactions saying we shouldn't be offended or say anything. I am not offended by ND. I understand their intent and it wasn't ill. They just have to be careful not to participate in symbolic annihilation. The Native culture is just as diverse as the Hispanic culture. it's like putting a sombrero on a Panamanian (as I said to my friend). The headdress is sacred and Gwen, while she did look gorgeous as always, wearing one is like her wearing Jewish or African regalia. They have to be careful to not lump us into one stereotypical image.

Ray Man Wut
Ray Man Wut

People get offended too easily, give it a rest already. That being said, screw you no doubt. They WERE a good band but Gwen sold out.

Pam Saavedra
Pam Saavedra

Really?!?! Stop crying!! We can no longer do anything in this country without some dumb idiot getting offended by it. Grow the bleep up!

Ollie RoxSteady
Ollie RoxSteady

this is so fkn dumb- and yet there are videos w hookers and their asses hanging out and no one gives shit! idgaf- i love NO DOUBT!

jorge_ramirez99
jorge_ramirez99

People are too sensitive nowadays... You look at someone the wrong way today and it's a hate crime. Nothing racist or insensitive about the video I just saw. I just see a band having fun with a nostalgic genre of film. Does it hurt your feelings? Go see a therapist.

tobias0981
tobias0981

I think they did the video to get attention along with being inspired by that new Lone Ranger trailer which isn't a good idea.

Guerro
Guerro

 @roseheels Yeah! Yeah! Strike a blow for racial equality.  By protesting a video.  Ignore the Wisconsin State Fair race riots, but get all uppity that Gwen StuffinMe has a feather in her hair.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @brandonf76 "He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions." --Thomas Jefferson

 

You out to learn the history of *your* people, Brandon Ferguson.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

 @brandonf76 Or when she dressed up her kiddo as an "Native American" for a Halloween party weeks ago...

queTico
queTico

 @Mitchell_Young oh yeah, 1 out of ever 641 New Englander's were kidnapped, definitely a huge crime compared to destroying millions with disease, and warfare, not to mention kicking them out of their homes and denying them access to the land they lived on and lived in harmony with for centuries..

roseheels
roseheels

 @jorge_ramirez99 open a god damned book about it, even just google it, and open your eyes little brown boy. white supremacy is all around you and you can't even see it so maybe you deserve to suffer through it.

queTico
queTico

 @jorge_ramirez99 erm.. that "nostalgic genre" you are referring to has been called racist, and it is acknowledged that there are many racist films from the genre, by film critics (even those praising the films), scholars, native people's advocacy groups and viewers..

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