Gwen Stefani was looking ageless in the new No Doubt video for “Looking Hot,” the third single off the band’s latest LP Push and Shove. The 43-year-old blonde beauty played an Indian princess in a feather headdress that got captured by cowboys. There was dancing around teepees, fire and smoke signals. Bassist Tony Kanal waved a spear for his part as a Native American who is victorious in setting Stefani free.
The Western-themed visuals, directed by Melina Matoukas (Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” Beyoncé’s “Move Your Body”) were released on Friday (Nov. 2) and by Saturday evening No Doubt were pulling the video down from their site following complaints from the Native Americans community. The negative comments on the band’s YouTube page helped fuel the decision.
“Our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history,” the SoCal band said in a statement released through their website. “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.”
Below is a teaser of the pulled video that depicts some of the offensive imagery used. Let us know what you think? Should have No Doubt and Matoukas been more considerate?