Gwen Stefani and No Doubt pulled their new video for “Looking Hot” from the internet this week and issued an apology to the Native American community.
Although No Doubt released the video for “Looking Hot” this week, the new single from Push and Shove, the band quickly pulled the video from the internet amid controversy that it offended the Native American community. In the video, Gwen Stefani can be seen dressed as a stereotypical Indian who dances around teepees and battles cowboys in the Wild West.
The video was released as Native Americans across the country celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
Following the video release of “Looking Hot,” Gwen Stefani and No Doubt issued the following statement on theNo Doubt website regarding their intent behind the video:
“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 theirhistory.
“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.”– No Doubt
Read the full article here: http://www.thedeadbolt.com/1003028432-no-doubt-pulls-looking-hot-video-issues-apology.html
Their apology doesn’t excuse this—it’s still offensive. Why not issue an apology in the form of an expensive and educational video addressing Native Appropriation?
First of all, you have to know that this is a delicate subject among my followers and I.
So I can only speak for myself. But I’d love my followers to reply to this post with their own opinions.
I, myself, was not raised on a reservation because my father’s side of the family had left their reservation in 1910. And when my parents met, they decided together that they wouldn’t live on a reservation.
Do I feel that because I wasn’t raised on a reservation that I’m less Native? Of course not. But I do admit, that there are plenty of things I’ve missed out on by not being raised on one.
As for the other part of your question.. I don’t understand why you’re not registered? Because I personally am. And I feel that having your Certificate of Indian or Alaska Native Blood card is a really important part of being Native American because that’s what guarantees you tribal affiliation and is the only way you are recognized as a Native American by the government; which to me, is probably the most important part, because that’s the way you get to have a voice in what happens within our culture politically.