Gwen Stefani has always played by the rules imposed upon her by the political correctness police, even going so far as to appease Islamic critics who demanded she cover up at a concert in Malaysia.
Gwen Stefani played Malaysia as a cover girl. Actually, make that a covered girl.
The singer, 37, revealed next to no skin while performing Tuesday before some 7,000 cheering fans at an indoor stadium.
The new dress code followed some fears expressed by Islamic critics that Stefani’s revealing concert costumes might corrupt the country’s youth, the Associated Press reports. …
Under Malaysian government rules, a female artist must be covered from her shoulders to her knees. Also prohibited: jumping, shouting or throwing of objects onstage or at the audience. Talent may also not hug or kiss, and their clothes must not carry obscene or drug-related images or messages.
Speaking to the local entertainment publication Galaxie, Stefani said she had adapted her act to Malaysia, which she termed a “major sacrifice.”
One would think the No Doubt singer would be cut some slack by the sensitivity crowd, right? Wrong. After her newest video, Looking Hot, aired, it was immediately pulled from YouTube due to complaints about the Native American costume she wore for the shoot. A statement from the band followed shortly afterward:
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.
So, a multi-racial liberal band consults with Native Americans friends and academics in regards to the shoot, and yet they’re still pounded into submission by the faux-outrage industry because of the pain inflicted on a culture hundreds of years ago.
Note to the sensitivity police: Humans have found creative ways to kill each other since the dawn of time. Empires rise. Empires fall. Cultures clash. And as much as you would like to believe that it was only really, really white men of European decent who have conquered innocuous tribes of peaceful peoples … it simply isn’t true.
When Cortes captured the Aztec emperor Montezuma and his attendants, he would only permit them temporary release on the promise that they stop their traditional practices of cannibalism and human sacrifice, but he found that “as soon as we turned our heads they would resume their old cruelties.” Aztec cannibalism, writes anthropologist Marvin Harris, “was not a perfunctory tasting of ceremonial tidbits.” Indeed the Aztecs on a regular basis consumed human flesh in a stew with peppers and tomatoes, and children were regarded as a particular delicacy. Cannibalism was prevalent among the Aztecs, Guarani, Iroquois, Caribs, and several other tribes.
Moreover, the Aztecs of Mexico and the Incas of South America performed elaborate rites of human sacrifice, in which thousands of captive Indians were ritually murdered, until their altars were drenched in blood, bones were strewn everywhere, and priests collapsed with exhaustion from stabbing their victims. The law of the Incas provided for punishment of parents and others who displayed grief during human sacrifices. When men of noble birth died, wives and concubines were often strangled and buried with them.
Multicultural textbooks, committed to a contemporary version of the noble savage portrait, cannot acknowledge historical facts that would embarrass the morality tale of white invaders despoiling the elysian harmony of the Americans.
If Gwen Stefani makes a video that offends you, don’t watch her videos. If her work really offends you, don’t buy her music. Lobby others not to buy her music. Fine. But at least acknowledge that there is something sad and depressing about a culture that encourages subsets of populations to throw temper tantrums until someone gets censored. There is something sick about a culture that is composed of perpetually-aggrieved groups looking to even the score for real and perceived slights suffered a minute, a day, a week — or generations ago. Almost every day I run across something that could arguably be considered “offensive” to my tastes, but I don’t go around trying to scream down the individual or organization responsible.
We used to live in a society where everyone was fair game. Today, everyone whines about how unfair the world is — while simultaneously having no sense of perspective. What you end up with is Gwen Stefani calling it a “major sacrifice” to put on an extra layer of clothing in an Islamic country, while being completely oblivious to (or intellectually paralyzed from mentioning) the oppressive living conditions imposed on the women who actually live there. You have internet trolls who rail against their European ancestors, while being completely oblivious to (or intellectually paralyzed from mentioning) the cannibalism, inter-tribal rape or infanticide of conquered cultures.
And finally, you get Victoria’s Secret models who are more confused than usual.