Gwen Stefani’s ‘Light My Fire’ song is a collaboration with Jamaican rapper Sean Paul and singer Shenseea
Gwen Stefani was accused of cultural appropriation for her look in the music video for her new song “Light My Fire,” a collaboration with Jamaican rapper Sean Paul and singer Shenseea.
In the video, Stefani, 52, wears dreadlocks and a blue and yellow outfit that matches the Jamaican flag while dancing and singing to a reggae beat.
“Y’all. Mother Appropriation is BACK!!!!” one person wrote on Twitter. “Where my 2000s No Doubt / Gwen hive at!!!?? ITS TIME!!!”
Yet another Twitter user accused the “Voice” coach of treating culture like “dress up.”
“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.”
However, the No Doubt lead singer had more than a few supporters.
“Sean Paul and many Jamaican people don’t mind, they are there at the set of the video lol,” a Twitter defender pointed out. “Sean Paul even praised Gwen for embracing the culture for years.”
Paul, in an interview with Rolling Stone, called the song an “epic dream” come true. “I’ve been a fan of Gwen Stefani forever.”