Now No Doubt‘s video for “Looking Hot” is looking… not. The clip featured Gwen Stefani gussied up in Tiger Lilly-like apparel, harkening back to the Wild Wild West — specifically, films about the Old West that didn’t exactly portray Native Americans in a favorable light. After receiving a multitude of complaints from the Native American community, No Doubt actually had some doubt, and the ska quartet has pulled the video from YouTube. Hear what they said about the decision after the jump.
Via 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.”
No word yet on whether the band will shoot another video as a companion to “Looking Hot,” or if this one is just lost forever.
Do you think “Looking Hot” was looking offensive? Did No Doubt make the right call to pull the vid?