Gwen Stefani gets accused of cultural appropriation for new music video

Gwen Stefani has been called out for “cultural appropriation” over the Grammy award-winning singer’s new music video in which she dances in dreadlocks with Jamaican rapper Sean Paul and singer Shenseea, the latest temper tantrum from “woke” whiners on Twitter.

In the video for the song “Light My Fire” which was just released, the 52-year-old Stefani who is wearing a dress with the colors of the Jamaican flag engages in a colorful and festive routine featuring cooking, dancing and twerking with her fellow artists in what will surely be yet another hit for the No Doubt co-founder, despite her detractors.

Stefani, who married country music superstar Blake Shelton last year, took to Twitter to promote the new video, saying that she had “so much fun on set” with Paul and Shenseea.

It didn’t take long before the bad reviews started to pour in.

One aggrieved Twitter user wrote, “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?”

“Culture is nothing but dress up for you, Gwen. It’s time you stop treating people’s heritage like a childish game & give it the respect it deserves,” the user added. “Alternatively, why don’t you portray your OWN cultural background within your work? Im sure people would love to see that.”

Another wrote, *heavy sigh* I refuse to believe no one attempted to explain this to her, especially considering there’s been public discourse about her appropriation, so the conclusion is she’s aware and just doesn’t give a shit. I’m sure her “[insert other ethnicities] friends said it’s okay”.

Other Twitter users defended Stefani and were dismissive of her “woke” critics.

In a 2021 interview with Paper magazine, Stefani talked about how sharing cultures brings people together, also taking a shot at the easily triggered “woke” mob.

“If we didn’t buy and sell and trade our cultures in, we wouldn’t have so much beauty, you know?” Stefani said. “We learn from each other, we share from each other, we grow from each other. And all these rules are just dividing us more and more.”

“I think that we grew up in a time where we didn’t have so many rules,” she added. “We didn’t have to follow a narrative that was being edited for us through social media, we just had so much more freedom.”

(Video: YouTube/Sean Paul)

“’Light My Fire’ is an epic dream come true,” her video co-star Paul told Rolling Stone. “I’ve been a fan of Gwen Stefani forever. And Shenseea, I am so proud of all she’s accomplished in such a short time.”

“I feel honored to be tapped by two legends for this collaboration, the whole process was exciting and collaborative,” Shenseea told the outlet. “I can’t wait for our fans to enjoy the video!”

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