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No Doubt pulls “Looking Hot” video: Five controversial music videos banned for their content

Gwen Stefani in the controversial video

On Nov. 2, No Doubt's latest music video, "Looking Hot," which was filled with Native American references, led to a backlash and the removal of the clip from all online sources.

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The band issued an apology on Nov. 3 via their website that read in part, "As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures…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."

However, "Looking Hot" isn't the first music video to be taken down after it was deemed too controversial.

Here are five videos that were all banned based on their content:

*WARNING: All videos contain graphic content and may offend some viewers. *

1. M.I.A. "Born Free"
Released in 2010, this video by U.K. artist M.I.A., which was directed by Romain Gavras, was denied posting on YouTube for its scenes of violence and depiction of red-headed men being rounded up by officers wearing American flags.

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"F-CK UMG WHO WONT SHOW IT ON YOUTUBE!" the 37-year-old singer tweeted after the clip was denied, blaming her label, Universal Music Group. However, as Billboard points out, M.I.A later admitted that it wasn't her label's fault.

2. Justice "Stress"
Paris-based electronic music duo Justice debuted their Gavras directed clip "Stress" in 2008, only to have it banned by French television for its alleged racist nature.

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"No, we were expecting some fuss obviously, but definitely not on those topics, such as racism," band member Gaspard Augé said. "We wanted to make something very far from our universe, just because the song was different from 'D.A.N.C.E.' and the other gentler, hippy tracks, you might say. We were looking for something violent because the song is violent."

3. Mötley Crüe, "Girls, Girls, Girls"
Heavy metal band Mötley Crüe's clip for "Girls, Girls, Girls," was banned by MTV for nudity in 1987.

4. Eminem "Just Lose It"
Taking a shot at Michael Jackson, Eminem released this music video in 2004 featuring the rapper dressed as the late King of Pop and singing lyrics like, "Come here little kiddies/On my lap/Guess who's back with a brand new rap?/And I don't mean rap as in a new case of child molestation accusation."

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After it debuted, Jackson asked that the clip be pulled and television network BET followed suit. In addition, Jackson's representative Ramone Bain said, "Michael feels the video is disrespectful and offensive. It's one thing to spoof someone, it's another to be completely insensitive and disrespectful."


5. Madonna "Justify My Love"
According to Entertainment Weekly, MTV banned Madonna's 1990 clip "Justify My Love" for its too hot for television content showcasing elements of sadomasochism, voyeurism, and bisexuality.

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