No Doubt Forced To Pull New Music Video Over Racism Claims
No Doubt have decided to withdraw their new music video for their latest single Looking Hot, after they received backlash and claims that the video is racist after premiering a teaser clip online.
The band, which is fronted by female lead singer Gwen Stefani, uploaded the teaser clip of the music video earlier this week, which saw them dress up as cowboys and Indians. In the scenes Stefani is seen chained up, as well as dancing around a fire, and in a teepee, before later escaping.
Following the backlash caused by angered fans and members of the Native American community, No Doubt decided to pull the video, whilst issuing an apologetic statement.
The statement, which was posted on the bands official website stated in full the following:
“As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with out 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 realise 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 apologise to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are.”
Article By Victoria Beckett