After charges of racism were thrown in the direction of No Doubt, the Anaheim, California band has pulled their recent music video for the single, “Looking Hot”, which features band members, including Gwen Stefani, dressed in Native American garments.
After the word started spreading regarding the offensive music video, it was soon removed from their website and partnering video hosting websites. No Doubt also released a statement regarding the reaction they received stating:
“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. 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.”
Although, many of the purists among us in the reggae-rock, ska-punk scene would much rather prefer No Doubt to have recharged their batteries during their hiatus with returning their roots and pure sound in the 1990s. The only recent news surrounding No Doubt has bordered closer on the negative side of the music industry. Unfortunately, this latest mishap within the No Doubt camp, leaves all parties involved pretty somber. And, somber has never been a word to describe No Doubt’s music.