Gwen Stefani and her band No Doubt acted out nearly every Native American stereotype, except taking scalps, in their new video for song “Looking Hot.” Native American groups were incensed, forcing the band to pull the video.
Ironically, the song, the second single off the band’s upcoming album Push and Shove, has nothing to do with cowboys or Indians. So, why the band chose to go that route is a mystery.
No Doubt probably sank close to $1 million to produce the three-minute, 50 second clip, judging by its elaborate costumes and staging.
Native Americans on Warpath Over Video
The group claimed they sought input on the production from “Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California.”
Apparently no one got it, because the band posted the video on YouTube Friday (Nov. 2) and Native American groups almost immediately objected. They cited stereotypical images that included headdresses, tepees, smoke signals and wild, savage dancing around a campfire.
The band decided to do the right thing and pull the video. “Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history,” the band said in a statement on its Website. “We realize now that we have offended people.”
In the video, Gwen dresses like an Indian squaw, compete with headband, feathers and her in long blond braids. The video opens with her tied up being menaced by a masked cowboy.
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