This is the video for “Looking Hot,” the second single from No Doubt’s new album. It’s bad, isn’t it? The song, the video, it’s just … bad.
But yeah, that whole thing about racism. That’s something, huh? Because the video is so racist that the band pulled the video from their YouTube channel because everyone got so mad that it was so racist. It’s that racist.
Here’s their apology:
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.
Yeah, they basically said “we talked to our Native American friends about it, but if you still want to be an asshole about it, then whatever.” Isn’t that great?
Here’s the thing though: this is just dumb. It’s just so, so stupid. It’s not stupid that people are feeling offended, because yeah, I can definitely see where you could be offended. It’s just that I think there’s a difference between being a bigoted asshole and being ignorant to all the ways in which you can be hurtful to another group of people, and this video is way, way ignorant. I’m not saying it’s ok, and I think they definitely needed to be called out on it and they needed to be told why the video is not so cool. I’m just saying that No Doubt didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. And probably their feelings are hurt that they released such a dumb video for such a dumb song.