No Doubt Removes "Looking Hot" Video After Racism Claims

Gwen Stefani and her bandmates are being criticized by the Native American community for their controversial music video

No Doubt's multi-cultural background didn't prevent the group from releasing a music video that was widely criticized as racially insensitive.

In "Looking Hot," lead singer Gwen Stefani, 43, wears a feathered headdress and other stereotypical Native-American garb while tied to poles and fighting cowboys. In other scenes, Stefani sits in a teepee and sends up smoke signals.

The Native American community -- as well as other fans  -- complained after the band released the video on YouTube Friday. The band pulled the video from YouTube this weekend in response.

No Doubt also issued a written apology for the video.

"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," Stefani and fellow members Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont posted on the band's official website.

"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."

No Doubt's band members are ethnically diverse and the group is known for their roots in Caribbean ska music. Kanal's family is from South Asia. In addition, the group tours with two African-American musicians, trumpeter Stephen Bradley and trombonist Gabrial McNair.

The group added, "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."

"Looking Hot" is the second single from No Doubt's sixth studio album, Push and Shove, which was released Sept. 21.

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