No Doubt Yanks Wild West Themed Video Over Racism Claims

Sun, November 4, 2012 12:29pm EST by 19 Comments
No Doubt Looking Hot Video
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No Doubt pulled their music video for ‘Looking Hot’ from YouTube over racism claims on the Wild West themed video. Do you think the video is racist? Watch!

After a triumphant return to the music scene, No Doubt is now facing claims that their music video for “Looking Hot” is racist, featuring Gwen Stefani dressed as a Native American, gets tied up by cowboys and cavorts a wolf.

Complaints from fans and the Native American community caused the video to be yanked from YouTube. Now, the band is apologizing for the mishap.

“Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are. 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,” the band posted on their website.

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Cindy

Posted at 10:17 PM on January 31, 2013  

In the clips I watched of this video, I view it as not only racist it glorifies violence against women as being “hot”. Sexualizing violence against women is not cool. A non-Indian dressed in a cross section of regalia is offensive, given the role of regalia in Indigenous cultures. Just as Christians wear crosses, and nuns wear habits, and the pope wears his crown, Indigenous people wear symbols of their religious values, some must work a life time to wear certain symbols to represent their spiritual journey.If this video had displayed a woman dressed in a nuns outfit, tied up, with men looking like Jesus rubbing crosses across her body as a means of rape/fantasy/foreplay, I think people would understand how degrading the images of this video. The rape and murder of Native American women is a historically tragic event that is rarely discussed or debated in main stream America, but it is a fact, with long term historical truama and horrible outcomes for Native American women and children. This video reminds me of the bill boards of a beaten woman in chains with the logo of “I’m Black and Blue for the Rolling Stones”. In almost thirty years, violence against women is still sexualized in the media, the sombering thought is the women on this blog do not see the violence…and probably have little awareness of how much it impacts their lives, or their daughters.

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Hatgard Celine

Posted at 7:55 PM on November 20, 2012  

More caterwouling by self obsessed, ill informed, wimps calling themselves “progressives”. I used to respect No Doubt. Now I cannot even be bothered to pity them. If you aren’t offending someone, you ain’t living.

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marlei

Posted at 11:45 PM on November 18, 2012  

shut the heck up “bonnie” be happy were being acknowledge wtf?! you got alot of nerve its obvious our white, your probably one of those white people who have very little native american blood in you so shut up and whats offensive? excuse me stupid girl shes being tied up by cowboys im sure its not a kinky video where its for pleasure for fun? and why are we standing against this video because hello its our culture and im pretty sure other people would do the same for their own culture and we need to be happy were being acknowledge by some superstar white girl please?!

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madelyn1134567loveonedirection

Posted at 5:48 PM on November 5, 2012  

It is alright!!!! Not a very good one!! @ all!!!!

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girlonfire

Posted at 2:41 AM on November 5, 2012  

Just another example of Gwen appropriating another ethnic culture for money. Video had zilch to do about song. One day the posers will wake up and see she’s a fake @ss little rich white girl stealing any culture she can to sell records.

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Whiterules

Posted at 10:51 AM on December 20, 2012  

Every other culture that records any song using Electricity, Recording Equipment, is stealing the WHITE MAN’S CULTURE. IN FACT, YOU ARE ON THE INTERNET that was created by WHITES. GET off my Internet!!

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Kathy Harkins

Posted at 10:06 PM on November 4, 2012  

I think they had to know that someone would find this offensive. I don’t really get what the song has to do with Indians and Cowboys or the wild west anyway. Having said that this is supposed to be a free country with free speech and all and no one can do anything anymore without OFFENDING someone. What a sad world we live in now. It is a good song and this will give them free publicity anyway.

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get lost

Posted at 9:05 PM on November 4, 2012  

ABSOULTELY NOT! No Doubt would NOT offend anybody. They aren’t like that. I LOVED the video. Gwen looked gorgeous and the guys looked great.

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Noel Purser Rosario

Posted at 11:06 PM on November 4, 2012  

Imagine if she’d dressed up as an African, and the whole group dressed up as Africans. Or Asians. Would it be racist then? Of course. So why does average America not realize how racist this video is? Because racism against native americans is sooooooooooo ingrained in the american culture, you even make MASCOTS out of native americans. Imagine if you had a baseball team where the mascot was a slave, or a Jew…lol wouldn’t happen. Curious.

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Ann Delorme

Posted at 1:29 PM on November 5, 2012  

I totally agree. Why not dress and make a video about her culture instead of Native American. I find it disgusting and she should be ashamed of herself. Leave other cultures alone try using your own. And get rid of the mascots in your baseball/football sports.

 
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Bonnie

Posted at 8:58 PM on November 4, 2012  

if anyone knows this group they know Gwen and the group would not offend any culture.. name what if offensive.. be glad that they are being acknowledged for the beautiful culture it is..get a life..i have a native american blood line..I dont see the offense and if you do ask yourself the question how many times when you saw really offensive things involving other cultures did you stand up? you just want something to complain about SMDH..grow up

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Noel Purser Rosario

Posted at 11:19 PM on November 4, 2012  

1. Belittling the sanctity of indigenous ceremony, using stereotypes to act out what her group THINKS a native dance might look like. Imagine if a group of Muslims decided to make fun of Christian baptism and make a movie video out of it, where christians are presented as being something between animal and human, but not quite civilized or real.
2. Dressing up as another race…would it be OK to dress up as a “Black person”, or an “Asian person”? NO. So why is it ok to dress up as a Native American (or what you THINK a native american looks like, anyways). Its one thing to wear clothing purchased from another culture, its another to replicate their ceremonial regalia/sacred objects, sexualize it, and distort it to suit your own fantasy and perpetuate stereotypes by acting out how you -think- those people carry themselves. This video, for a native american watching it, is very much like an African American watching a minstrel show (where white people dress up as slaves or black people and act out what they think is “black” culture) which is why minstrel shows are pretty much never heard of anymore post civil rights movement
3. Mixing and matching native cultures to fit her theme. She takes a little bit of this and a little bit of that from the southwest/midwest regions and blends it all into one great big stereotype that does not fit any real native culture.
4. Perpetuates another “indians are mystical/wild” stereotype…if I see a wolf, I get my a$$ out of there. I don’t lay down half naked with it and contemplate the mysteries of the universe. I highly doubt my ancestors did either.
5. Notice the underlying “radical indian, tough cow-boy” theme? Imagine if we made a music video where Gwen Stephani got to be a “unbreakable slave” where a white master would chain her up to a wall. Wouldn’t happen.

Those are the things I was able to gather in the 30 seconds before I got disgusted and turned it off.

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Arturo S.

Posted at 2:36 PM on November 4, 2012  

ABSOLUTELY NOT! it is just a silly music video with cool visuals and wardrobe, the attitude of the band is not even serious! As a member of ethnic minority group in America or whatever you want to call it! This is not offensive to me… My humble opinion: there is more important thing to get offended by! Like the Todd Akin’s words! That stuff is really offensive.

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Jill Ed

Posted at 2:21 PM on November 4, 2012  

Gwen looks beautiful.. who is calling it racist?

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Noel Purser Rosario

Posted at 11:21 PM on November 4, 2012  

Me. a REAL native. But, what can I expect from the microscopic brains of the average american…you guys would probably have applauded her if she dressed up as a Jew in Concentration camp and had Nazi’s chain her to a wall too.

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Sonja

Posted at 1:46 PM on November 4, 2012  

Hey I’m a white woman and part Indian too. and wasn’t offend by it either. I don’t know where they are saying it was racist.

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Noel Purser Rosario

Posted at 11:24 PM on November 4, 2012  

Let me guess…Cherokee? LOL. No you’re not. REAL natives don’t come in parts. You either are native, or you arent. Being mixed is common, but even mixed natives are “all native” culturally. And REAL natives could find half a dozen offensive things in this video 10 seconds in. Your story of having a great-great-great grandma that was a cherokee princess is no more factual than your claim that this video isn’t offensive.

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savannah

Posted at 12:53 PM on November 4, 2012  

im indian and i wasnt offended. lol

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B Sharee Gales

Posted at 12:49 PM on November 4, 2012  

not at all – its just stupid – always celebrate the dumb white blond – who is always supposed to be the image and standard of beauty – even to the point of replacing the Indian woman who needs to be saved. It’s insulting and just stupid stupid stupid misrepresentation of history.

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