Gwen Stefani accused of cultural appropriation in new music online video ‘Light My Fire’

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Gwen Stefani was accused of cultural appropriation for her look in the audio video clip for her new song “Light My Fire,” a collaboration with Jamaican rapper Sean Paul and singer Shenseea.  

In the video clip, Stefani, 52, wears dreadlocks and a blue and yellow outfit that matches the Jamaican flag though dancing and singing to a reggae beat. 

“Y’all. Mom Appropriation is Back!!!!” one human being wrote on Twitter. “The place my 2000s No Question / Gwen hive at!!!?? ITS TIME!!!”

Yet another Twitter commenter stated, “Expensive Gwen, You’re much much too comfortable with cultural appropriation. Y’all Keep in mind the harajuku girls? The bindi she selected to use in 1 her video clips? The bantu knots? The imitation of indigenous culture inside of a music online video, as perfectly as, indecently portraying Latina women?”

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Gwen Stefani and Sean Paul complete “Light My Hearth” on “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell” on July 13, 2022. 
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Nevertheless one more Twitter person accused the “Voice” coach of managing lifestyle like “dress up.” 

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“It’s time you quit dealing with people’s heritage like a childish video game & give it the regard it deserves. Alternatively, why don’t you portray your Possess cultural background within your perform? Im sure people would enjoy to see that.”

Nevertheless, the No Question lead singer had a lot more than a several supporters. 

Gwen Stefani attends the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute celebrating Julie Andrews at Dolby Theatre on June 09, 2022 in Hollywood, California.

Gwen Stefani attends the 48th AFI Daily life Accomplishment Award Gala Tribute celebrating Julie Andrews at Dolby Theatre on June 09, 2022 in Hollywood, California.
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“Sean Paul and a lot of Jamaican persons will not intellect, they are there at the established of the movie lol,” a Twitter defender pointed out. “Sean Paul even praised Gwen for embracing the society for yrs.”

Paul, in an job interview with Rolling Stone, called the song an “epic dream” appear correct. “I have been a fan of Gwen Stefani for good.” 

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Shenseea stated in the very same job interview: “I sense honored to be tapped by two legends for this collaboration, the total course of action was thrilling and collaborative. I can not wait around for our followers to delight in the video clip!”

The “Hollaback” singer has been accused of appropriation in advance of. 

Her very first solo album “Like. Angel. Tunes. Infant.” from 2004 featured many tracks about Tokyo’s Harajuku counterculture style. Stefani expressed her love for the offbeat design. She also experienced four Japanese dancers dubbed Love, Angel, New music and Baby who carried out in quite a few videos and from time to time live. 

Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Girls seen performing in the window of Bloomingdale's department store on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan on September 3, 2008, in New York, New York.  

Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Women seen doing in the window of Bloomingdale’s office keep on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan on September 3, 2008, in New York, New York.  
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Stefani defended herself in an interview with Paper journal previous yr. 

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“We learn from each and every other, we share from each individual other, we grow from every other and all these principles are just dividing us more and extra,” she stated.