No Doubt Pulls Video, Apologizes to Native Americans

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- The band "No Doubt" has pulled its latest music video called "Looking Hot" over concerns it offends Native Americans.

In the video, lead singer Gwen Stefani is seen wearing costumes inspired by traditional American Indian garb, while being tied up, handcuffed, dancing around teepees and battling cowboys.

Some members of the Native American community expressed their outrage over the portrayal.

In response, the band removed the video from their YouTube channel and issued an official statement apologizing for its content.

Below is the full statement from No Doubt:

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.

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