No Doubt Apologizes for "Looking Hot" - Other Controversial Videos Yanked from the Air

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No Doubt Apologizes for "Looking Hot" - Other Controversial Videos Yanked from the Air
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No Doubt is really sorry!

The band has agreed to pull the new music video for their latest single, "Looking Hot," after receiving a backlash of complaints about the controversial cowboys and Indians theme.

In the video, which was released on Friday, singer Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal appear sporting traditional Native American garb while being chased by their bandmates Adrian Young and Tom Dumont dressed in cowboy clothes.

In reaching their decision, the band writes, "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."

Here are some of the other stars who have had controversial videos pulled from the air:

2 Live Crew's "Me So Horny": The band was in the cross hairs of Tipper Gore and her "Parental Advisory" stickers when they released this video in support of their "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" album. As promised by the title, the video is full of explicit lyrics and sexual content that resulted in there being two versions created. One unabashedly full of sexual oriented content and one that was television friendly with less skin on display.

Madonna's "Erotica": Who can forget the images of the star dressed as a masked dominatrix adorned with a golden tooth and a whip? While the video initially received a high profile airing on MTV, it was quickly emerged in backlash due to the near nudity and overtly sexual content. It would ultimately air three times on the channel before being banned. The banning was old news for the star who had previously had the video for "Justify My Love" banned for being too sexually explicit for the network.

Garth Brooks' "The Thunder Rolls: You don't necessarily match up controversy with the country star, but the biggest name in Nashville landed in a load of trouble when he released the video for his 1991 hit targeted at raising awareness to the issue of domestic violence. The video lasted a whole day on CMT before being banned for one scene in which a husband comes home and beats his wife with their daughter looking on.

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