No Doubt Issue Apology And Withdraw 'Looking Hot' Music Video After Race Controversy
5 November 2012, 14:41
The 'Settle Down' band have removed their video after accusations of racism over its content.
No Doubt have withdrawn the music video for their latest single 'Looking Hot' amid controversy over the promo's depiction of Native American stereotypes.
The 'Don't Speak' four-piece unveils the video last week but removed it on Saturday (3rd November), after realising they had offended people with their depiction of a cowboys and indians scenario with singer Gwen Stefani portraying a chained up Native American.
"As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures," No Doubt wrote on their official website in a statement about the video. "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.
"This is of great concern to us and we are removing the video immediately," they continued. "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."
They added: "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."
Check out a picture of No Doubt performing live at the Teen Choice Awards 2012 earlier this year below (Credit: PA):
The band returned to the UK over the weekend where they performed 'Looking Hot' on The X Factor UK results show, after helping to mentor the remaining candidates earlier in the week.