No Doubt have pulled the video for their new single ‘Looking Hot’ after it was criticised by representatives of the Native American community.
The video for the latest single from the band’s comeback album ‘Push And Shove’ has a Wild West theme, and sees Gwen Stefani and bandmate Tony Kanal dressed as Native Americans, dancing with a wolf in a tepee before fighting other band members dressed as cowboys. It apparently ends with Stefani being caught and tied up by a sheriff character.
The band said this weekend that, while they had consulted Native American friends before releasing the video, they never wanted to cause offence, and now that various groups had hit out at the promo they had decided to pull it from the web and other video channels.
In a posting on their website, the band said: “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 trivialise 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 realise now that we have offended people”.
They added: “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 apologise to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are”.