No Doubt - No Doubt Pull New Video Over Native American Complaints
No Doubt have pulled the video for their new single Looking Hot after it came under fire from members of the Native American community.
The band released the new promo for the third single from its comeback album Push and Shove earlier this month (Oct12), but it has caused a storm of controversy due to its Wild West-theme.
Gwen Stefani and bandmate Tony Kanal dress as Native Americans in the video, and dance in a tepee with a wolf while brandishing fire before fighting cowboys, played by other members of the group. Stefani is then caught by a sheriff character and tied up in the middle of a dusty town.
The footage caused offence to some members of the Native American community, and the band has now apologised and removed the promo from the web and other music channels.
A statement on No Doubt's official website reads, "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."