- - Monday, November 5, 2012

No Doubt has pulled its new cowboys-and-Indians-themed music video and are apologizing to American Indians and others offended by the clip.

In a posting on its website, the band said the video for “Looking Hot” was “never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people.”

The video features Gwen Stefani and bandmate Tony Kanal dressed in traditional American Indian clothes, while Adrian Young and Tom Dumont are in cowboy getups with guns. Mr. Dumont and Mr. Young tie up Miss Stefani, while Mr. Kanal is behind bars.

The clip includes Miss Stefani riding a horse and singing in a tepee, and a fire-burning dance scene with others dressed in American Indian clothes.

The band said it consulted with American Indian friends and experts but realize people have been offended and “sincerely apologize.”

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French designer Ghesquiere leaving Balenciaga house

French fashion designer Nicolas Ghesquiere is leaving the Balenciaga fashion house that he helped turn into one of fashion’s hottest properties.

Mr. Ghesquiere and Balenciaga said in a statement Monday that they have come to a “joint decision” to end their partnership at the end of November. No details on a replacement or Mr. Ghesquiere’s next move were provided.

Mr. Ghesquiere took over as creative director of the storied Balenciaga fashion house in 1997, raising its profile among the Paris labels.

Dozing director disrupts performance of ‘Uncle Vanya’

British theater director Peter Hall has apologized for disrupting the performance of a “Downton Abbey” star during the opening night of a stage show on London’s West End.

Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith Crawley in the hit costume drama, was performing the final speech of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” when Mr. Hall began speaking loudly from the auditorium.

Audience members heard the 81-year-old director repeatedly saying “it’s not working” while Miss Carmichael spoke.

On Monday, Mr. Hall insisted he had not been heckling, but was merely “briefly disorientated” after waking from a brief doze.

Mr. Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Co., said he was “mortified that I unintentionally disrupted” Friday’s performance.

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