"Like poetry, fashion does not state anything. It merely suggests."-Karl Lagerfeld

Monday, November 12, 2012

No Doubt "Looking Hot" Music Video Native American Controversy

 No Doubt put out a music video "Looking Hot" portraying a "Cowboys and Indians" wild west fantasy.

The video shows Gwen Stefani tied up as a Native girl held hostage by cowboys, doing smoke signals, roaming the desert on horseback,  and dancing in a wigwam with a wolf.

Many were disgusted and offended by the video. The video was soon after pulled off the web. A once long time fan of No doubt wrote "We are not a trend, we are not a fashion statement! We are human beings, we are a nation, we deserve respect."

No Doubt put out a public apology saying

"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 Doubt is not the first artist to do war paint and feathers, but they are the first to be under such scrutiny for doing so. Others have included...

Lana Del Rey....


Julliette Lewis....

And pretty much any hipster at any outdoor festival!

What do you think? Do you think that donning a headdress and war paint is the eqivient of doing black face? Or that it's just a form of expression?

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