No Doubt, the most famous band to come out Orange County is in the hot seat this week after releasing a new video that prompted accusations of racism.
The video for the song “Looking Hot” from September’s album Push and Shove, features singer Gwen Stefani dressed as a Native American in the old west. A day after releasing the video, the band pulled it and issued an apology.
The band released the following statement on 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.