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No Doubt Pulls Their New Music Video From YouTube After Offending The Native American Community!

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We had a feeling that this one may have taken things a little bit too far!

Within the same day as releasing the new music video for their single Looking Hot, No Doubt received some SERIOUS scolding for the clip's stereotypical depiction of Native American culture!

In response, the band has swiftly pulled it from YouTube…and taken to their website to write a heartfelt apology for the offensive imagery!

The letter reads:

"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"

Well, we really have to hand it to them for taking full responsibility here!

We can't imagine how experts would have given them the A-Okay on the video's content, given the amount of backlash it immediately incited, but what's important is that they recognized that they were wrong and took the proper steps to remedy that!

Thanks for doing the right thing, guys!

What do U think?? Did Gwen and the gang handle the controversy properly??

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48 comments to “No Doubt Pulls Their New Music Video From YouTube After Offending The Native American Community!”



  1. 1

    Everyone has to be so friggin politically correct these days!! Give me a break

  2. lilyrose says – reply to this


    2

    I stopped caring about this band when Gwen hosted a fundraiser for Obama. Too bad because I used to love them back in the day.



  3. 3

    So, as far as YouTube is concerned, No Doubt are a bunch of Indian givers.

  4. Tara says – reply to this


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    You are always going to offend someone. I wish they'd grow some balls and put it back on YouTube. If you're offended, DON'T WATCH IT!

  5. Fernanda Viana de Alme says – reply to this


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    Americans alwasy taking things too seriously and seeign controversy en EVERYTHING! There was no need for it. You guys should relax.

  6. Chev says – reply to this


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    lilyrose : Music has NOTHING to do with politics! It's people like you that would say this video is offensive in some way. Music is ART!! Everything does NOT have to be politically correct! Thank fu*k everything does not have to be politically correct! Grow up people!!!



  7. 7

    i would like to know what exactly was so offensive in the music video?

  8. lilyrose says – reply to this


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    Re: Chev
    You're right music, should not be political but the artists make it that way… No Doubt, Katy Perry, Dave Mathews, etc.etc. I refuse to support anyone who tries to shove Obama down my throat. Musicians should shut the fuck up and sing and not try to get us to vote for their pet of the week.



  9. 9

    And the difference from when she had an entourage of harajuku girls is … ? I find the video spot on with how Natives are treated in my town where over 90% of the jailed females are Native. It's a sad truth. I like this video, the imagery is beautiful.

  10. xo--chibiwolf says – reply to this


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    for ignorant people commenting on this situation about us Native Americans, I still give mad respect to No Doubt for being understandable & removing the video. It shows the maturity of them owning up, & apologizing right away. I will still be a loyal fan to No Doubt & still listen to their music. <3 As for the rest of you, sorry for the high self respect we have for our culture, & traditional values; no matter what bad imagery society or some of us have given ourselves, we are still strong in our old ways. so don't bad mouth is over the Internet like cowards, say it to our face if you see one of us. you can at least do that for us since you're living on OUR rightful land for very little back, TBH. praying for you all, like our ancestors did for you.

  11. Bree says – reply to this


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    I would like to be explained exactly what people think is offensive about their video. If I'm missing something, which might be the case, then I'm very sorry. But as far as I can see, the band simply dressed in traditional Native American garb for their music video.

    This is offensive…WHY? They are commemorating the way these people used to dress. If they were dressed as them, and were going around scalping people and huffing gas, then yeah. That would be offensive. But simply commemorating the beauty of those intricate outfits? That's not offensive. Can people just stop being so sensitive for two seconds, and realize that some things are not even remotely offensive?

  12. Chev says – reply to this


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    Re: xo–chibiwolf – - The music video is a music video and just that, nothing more. A mini movie - a piece of fiction. Please do not think that I am "bad-mouthing" Native Americans - I am not. I am speaking up for creativity and allowing artists, bands, everyday people to put their work out there and not have to hide it becasue it may or may not offend.
    As for voicing opinions on the internet, that is why there is a comment section. To start a conversation and listen to each other.

  13. WATSONVILLE says – reply to this


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    @lilyrose: i dont want to hear your anti-obama being shoved down my throat, unless they were at your house telling you to vote for obama NOBODY GAVE A SHIT TO TELL YOU ANYTHING. besides you are the one that brought it up, NOW EVERYBODY KNOWS

  14. lilyrose says – reply to this


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    Re: WATSONVILLE
    I care even less about you than I do about Obama suck asses No Doubt :)

  15. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    15

    Her husband is gay……gotta cut her some slack ! He down-lows it while she up-loads it 1 ;)



  16. 16

    Re: Bree – Because wearing the traditional Native garb is symbolic and means a lot to the Native culture, their past, their struggles, their traditions.

  17. MappleBunny says – reply to this


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    This controversy is ridiculous. Why not destroy all the western movies now? I really do not understand.

  18. Cree says – reply to this


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    NO DOUBT THEY ARE RETARDS AND ONLY THING MORE OFFENSIVE IS THEIR MUSIC. GWEN ALSO IS AN OLD HAG UP CLOSE THEY AIRBRUSH THE CRAP OUT OF HER. MY 50 YEAR OLD MOTHER HAS BETTER SKIN.

  19. Chev says – reply to this


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    Re: Cree – You are gross. Wasted space.



  20. 20

    "We had a feeling that this one may have taken things a little bit too far!"

    Really now? You were just talking about how 'hot' the video was when you posted it the other day.

    Who writes for this site?

  21. Kim S. says – reply to this


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    I think they handled it properly but I don't think it was really offensive. It's like saying any cowboy and indian movie ever made is offensive. I thought it was a tasteful video and I'm sad that I can't view it anymore. I hope they make a new one becuase that song rocks!

  22. nanovis says – reply to this


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    I think every cowboy and Indian movie has been criticized by the American Indian community. You just don't hear about it but this happens all the time. Last year Urban Outfitters had to change the name of a clothing line, Avatar has been criticized, Pocahontas, dancing with wolves, Wind talkers, sexy Indian Halloween costumes, NFL and baseball teams names and the list goes on. This is a really big issue.

  23. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: Phibes – ROFLMAO. Not enough beads in the world to fix that video. I thought it was visually beautiful, and believe they had no ill intent, but it seems traditional native garb isn't up for grabs.



  24. 24

    you did not.. you were all woooow pretty white indian pfffft



  25. 25

    anyone here who was NOT offended is sounding like an illiterate condescending moron. If you are THAT stupid.. go back to school. The video was highly offensive and NO people shouldn't look the other way. Looking the other way and syaing get over it s how entire communities are brutalized and murdered



  26. 26

    cree, using thaty language is offensive and why do you think she is on a personal vendeta to beat your moms skin condition? who cares



  27. 27

    Why does the Native American community object to people dressing the way Indians used to dress? The NA's are the ones who act like they are ashamed of their past. They say they are proud of who they are, and of their heritage, but if anybody tries to use an Indian for a mascot or dress like an Indian, then they get all pissed off and complain. They automatically assume that it means they are being belittled or made fun of or disrespected. Its quite the opposite, in my opinion. I think people have a lot of respect for Indians and admire a lot of things about their history and consider them a strong, brave people who were treated terribly by our ancestors. The Native American costume represents something positive and it is a shame that Native Americans don't see it that way.



  28. 28

    Re: @v@ – Hey, pal. I'm sure you were taught to avoid taking offense where none was intended. ;-)

  29. WATSONVILLE says – reply to this


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    Re: Lilygirl27

    for someone who doesnt care fo these obama loving group, you are still here giving your opinion. why dont you go take care of that naked child with the mutt, you are disgusting using such a pic. and im not the one claiming as you have ith your idiotic comments. go inhale some carbon monoxide sweetie.

  30. Jai says – reply to this


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    It was tasteless and insulting to First Nations people. I cant believe that they had no idea that the imagery used in the video was offensive. Should we expect the band to perform in blackface for their next video?

  31. NativeGirl22 says – reply to this


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    This was NOT traditional or even contemporary Native American garb! The "native" inspired outfits from Gap or wherever is NOT Native American REGALIA. I am Native American and am actually involved in pow-wows, stomp dances, and the Native American Church. I know that Native American "inspired" stuff is "hip" right now, but this was ridiculous. I mean, I don't mind getting compliments from little girls on my Pendelton bag, turquoise jewelery, etc., but it's crazy how people get wrapped up in fads. Like somebody else mentioned, we are proud of our culture and won't back down from poor protrayels of our culture. I've been a No Doubt fan since Day 1, and I appreciate art, but I couldn't stand by this video. Whoever said they were wearing traditional and what was the big deal, get a clue. Just youtube a few pow-wows and other Native American ceermonies…it's not that hard to do research.

  32. @v@ says – reply to this


    32

    Re: NativeGirl22 – So then the beef isn't the garb, because it's not traditional garb; the beef is image and misrepresentation of the culture? Uhm, music videos are fictional. They are like a dream. They aren't real. Yes, Gwen has blond hair, but it's from a bottle because it's 2012. Please explain the beef from your end.

  33. magnus24 says – reply to this


    33

    Does this mean we are now also gonna arrest kids playing cowboys and indians? It's a shame that political correctness is replacing having a sense of humor and playfullness in this country.

  34. al says – reply to this


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    i really don't see how this video is offensive. everyone thinks something is "offensive' these days

  35. Adam says – reply to this


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    Re: Bree – WHAT exactly did they do to offend you exactly? There's nothing in here insulting. This would mean anyone who makes a video in India, China, Japan, US, or with an ethnic motif is insulting.

    What exactly is insulting with this video?

  36. andrea says – reply to this


    36

    There is no such thing as bad publicity
    Succès de scandale

  37. GWENCANSUCKIT says – reply to this


    37

    PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF AND READ THIS ARTICLE ON WHITE APPROPRIATION. VERY INSIGHTFUL.



  38. 38

    IF YOU ARE CONFUSED AS TO WHAT TO THINK ABOUT ALL THIS, PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE ON WHITE APPROPRIATION. IT'S VERY VERY INSIGHTFUL…

  39. C G says – reply to this


    39

    Sorry, but people are WAY too sensitive nowadays. The band was playing roles in the video. They were by no means being derogatory towards Native Americans.

    Honestly, people are way too PC nowadays. Gimme a break.

  40. genxgina says – reply to this


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    censorship is wrong, regardless of who's "offended." Art is art. if you dont like it, dont look at it. i cant believe the band caved and took down their video. ive seen far more offensive things, depictions of women in most rap songs/videos, for instance…

  41. genxgina says – reply to this


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    btw, one of the main reasons i hear NA community getting upset about this, is bc Gwen was wearing "the headress," and according to tradition, women don't wear it. so if i think your "culture," is sexist, should i be offended??

  42. genxgina says – reply to this


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    Re: lilyrose – shut up, you had to bring politics into this…lol

  43. SNEAKS says – reply to this


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    THEY JUST BECAME MORE BAD A$$ THAN THEY ALREADY WERE JUST FOR DOING THAT!!LOVE NO DOUBT! ND FOREVER:)

  44. Jes says – reply to this


    44

    The UCLA Native American Studies Department's response…. explains why it's a big deal. There's a fair # of posters that could learn a lot from reading it.

    Also- "We also want to make clear that, while No Doubt’s apology claimed to have consulted 'Native American studies experts at the University of California,' to our knowledge, no such person from UCLA was consulted about the video prior to its release. "

  45. Jes says – reply to this


    45

    Re: Jes – The link didn't post, but go to the UCLA's Native American Studies page, there's a link to the response on the front page.

  46. Lindsey says – reply to this


    46

    this is what I have to say about this…. I understand the fact that I am white and I do not know what it's like to be a Native American. I respect your culture and it sucks that the white people came and took your land and killed your ancestors. I'm sorry that happened. Here's what I don't understand… Why are you so offended by this video. I have viewed the video and I don't see what's offensive about it. The premise of the video is based on things that actually happened. Ya, it was a rough period in Native American history but that's what happened and it's made you who you are today. I would hope that the Native American culture takes pride in the fact that they survived that period in time and still keep their culture alive. What bothers me about present times in that everyone is so racially sensitive. The beautiful thing about this country that we live in is freedom of speech, just like Native Americans have the right to be offended by the ND video, they have the right to make it. People need to choose their battles and stop with the power trip.



  47. 47

    Everyone views the world from their eyes through their experiences. In general, white people in this country don’t see many things as being racist because they have no experience with it. Lindsey used the phrase “rough period in Native American history” as if everything is settled now. That’s because that’s where history books leave off. White guys moved in and won the land - end of story. Simply not the case. The U.S. government’s policy with Natives has always been assimilation. There have been several policies created over the years - and I’m talking 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and still to this day - that amass to cultural genocide. From boarding schools to relocation. Native’s didn’t have freedom of religion until 1978. It wasn’t illegal to go around digging up Indian graves until 1990. Today, in order for a tribe to gain federal recognition they have to go through a lengthy process to prove they’re really Indian and one of the aspects involves being recognized as Indians by their community. If that community only has the stereotypical hollywood-created Pan Indian as their idea of what Indians are how can they acknowledge someone who doesn’t fit that mold?



  48. 48

    I didn’t get a chance to view the full video before it came down. Just clips. To me, the video isn’t an issue that it’s racist. If you listen to their music you know they’re not racist. But it enforces stereotypes which counteracts the goals of individual Native tribes trying to regain their identities and erase this Pan Indian that white people created in old Westerns. And YES MappleBunny the majority of those are flat out racist but they’re a product of their time. No Doubt was classy enough to realize they didn’t want something they created to be in that category so they chose to get rid of it.