The sentiment of the commenter on our post of No Doubt‘s “Looking Hot” video was mirrored by many in the Native American community, prompting the band to remove the video from the Internet due to claims of racism. Some felt the video was insensitive, and the band took it seriously in this post on their website:
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.
Part of the power of the Internet, allowing fans to speak out and smart bands responding… although we imagine some of you feel the “smart” thing to do would’ve been to not even make the video in the first place.