Happy election week, guys! While all the politicos are about to shit a brick over whatever the result will be for the election tomorrow, I’m relieved election season is finally over. Living in swing state has ratcheted up the annoyance level of commercials to an eleven, and the fucking phone won’t stop ringing with political telemarketing calls. So tomorrow, this barrage of bullshit will finally end on my TV and on my phone and I will be a happy girl indeed. Also, because it’s a requisition every election night, I’ll most likely be a a drunk girl, too.
Anyhoo, in case you missed it this weekend – and you may have, because it’s already been pulled - No Doubt put out a music video for their latest single, Looking Hot. In the video, Gwen Stefani sported as an Injun girl (with a feather, not dot) and runs around in peril in the wild, wild west. You know, like Cowboys and Indians. But…but…Gwen is whiter than mayonnaise on white bread sitting on a white marble counter. So, you know, dressing up with a feather on her had as a native American girl is kinda fucking offensive, you know? And pretty much every one everywhere watched this video and immediately wondered how so many people involved in its production thought this would be a great idea. ’Cause i’ts not.
On the other hand, is this move really that surprising coming from someone who had her own Harajuku Girls following her every move for a while?
The band did post up an apology on their website, stating their intent on the video was not to offend:
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
On top of the fuckery of the actual video, the song is horrible. I fully admit I don’t like a lot of today’s music, and I tend to think Gwen’s fart bubbles in the bathtub would sound a hell of a lot better than whatever latest song Katy Perry is warbling, but I am not a fan of this song. Not only does it bring the Zzzzzzz’s, it reminds me that just a few short years ago Gwen rocked pop music. Now her notes seem to be falling flat.