Gwen Stefani is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, fashion designer and actress who is a co-founder, lead vocalist, and the primary songwriter of the band No Doubt. The latest song “Light My Fire” by Gwen Stefani features Shenseea and Jamaican rapper Sean Paul. For her appearance in the music video for her brand-new song, Gwen Stefani was charged with cultural appropriation.
In the video, 52-year-old Stefani dances and sings to a reggae beat while sporting dreadlocks and a Jamaican flag-themed blue and yellow costume. The “Voice” coach was accused of treating culture like “dress up” by Twitter users. The main vocalist of No Doubt, though, had a sizable number of supporters.
One user tweeted: “Y’all. Mother Appropriation is BACK!!!! Where my 2000s No Doubt / Gwen hive at!!!?? ITS TIME!!!”
Another person stated: “Dear Gwen, You’re far too comfortable with cultural appropriation. Y’all Remember the harajuku girls? The bindi she chose to wear in one her videos? The bantu knots? The imitation of indigenous culture within a music video, as well as, indecently portraying Latina women?”
A third one chimed in: “It’s time you stop treating people’s heritage like a childish game & give it the respect it deserves. Alternatively, why don’t you portray your OWN cultural background within your work? Im sure people would love to see that.”
Sean Paul called the song an “epic dream” come true in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I’ve been a fan of Gwen Stefani forever.” The vocalist of “Hollaback” has already faced appropriation charges. Several of the songs on her 2004 debut solo album, “Love. Angel. Music. Baby,” were about Tokyo’s Harajuku counterculture.
Stefani declared her admiration for the eccentric look. In addition, she employed four Japanese dancers named Love, Angel, Music, and Baby who appeared in a number of videos and occasionally performed live. In a 2016 interview with Paper magazine, Stefani defended herself. Check out the video and tweets below.
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