Gwen Stefani has been charged with cultural theft in Sean Paul’s ‘Light My Fire’ music video.

The music video for Sean Paul’s most recent song, Light My Fire, was released on Wednesday, July 13, featuring Gwen Stefani and Shensee. In the music video, singer-songwriter Stephanie, who fell into dreadlocks, sang and danced to the song.

Stefani, 52, is shown in the video in a green, yellow and black outfit that appears to have a Jamaican influence. Ironically, Shensee, of Jamaican descent, and rapper Sean Paul don’t appear to be wearing their native national colors in the music video.

Many on Twitter condemned cultural exploitation as a result of Stephanie’s appearance in the video.

Netizens are responding to Gwen Stefani’s participation in the music video for ‘Light My Fire’.

After the video was released, many netizens criticized Hollaback Girl’s singer and criticized that the scent is exclusive to Jamaican culture. Meanwhile, several tweets have surfaced mocking Gwen Stefani’s criticism she received and lightening the allegation of cultural theft.

One user argued that there is no such thing as cultural appropriation. Since the beginning of time, cultures have integrated, united, adapted and evolved.

Another commenter noted that since Gwen Stefani had been playing ska music with No Doubt for several years before going solo, this was not inappropriate for a cultural appropriation that she or some people criticize her for.

Someone else said, unfortunately, no one enjoys cultural appropriation as much as Gwen Stefani.

One person said, “No one did cultural appropriation like Gwen Stefani, and frankly, the music

Another said Gwen Stefani was guilty of cultural theft at the time.

A significant number of comments also pointed out that the Grammy-winning musician has already faced accusations of cultural appropriation.

See previous claims of cultural appropriation of Gwen Stefani.

  1. Harajuku Controversy

Gwen Stefani embraced her cult of Japanese Harajuku culture on her first solo studio album, Love. angel. music. Baby., released in 2004. Stephanie hired four Japanese dancers dressed in Harajuku costumes to participate in music videos and live shows. For a few live performances, the singer and the rapper themselves wore Harajuku outfits.

2. Bantu Knot

In the 1990s, Stephanie was photographed wearing a Bantu knot, the first worn by the Zulu of South Africa. She also had a bindi, a helmet common to many South Asian cultures, on her forehead in the same painting. Recently, British singer Adele received a lot of criticism for wearing a Bantu knot.

3. Suspicion of stealing Chola culture

Gwen Stefani has recently been criticized for appearing in a Chola-inspired outfit in the 2005 Luxurious music video. Chicano and Latin roots form the basis of Chola culture. In an interview with Latina magazine in 2017, Stephanie said, “Chorras has had a huge impact on me.

4. Native American Style Controversy

In the music video for the 2012 No Doubt song Looking Hot, Gwen Stefani’s appearance was inspired by Native American fashion. The showdown between cowboys and Native Americans was also shown in the film. No Doubt withdrew the video after fierce criticism.

Ankita Khanra


Ankita Khanrah is a sophomore in the Masters Program in Communication and Journalism (Integrated) at the School of Mass Communication at KIIT Deemed University in Bhubaneswar.

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