In a world without social media intense criticism of public figures could be contained in the corners of obscure message boards by PR savvy publicists.
The world, as we all know has changed.
What that means for potentially problematic stars? Hell.
For, after escaping the harsh hand of public criticism during their peaks they now find themselves forced to face the music.
The latest act to find herself in a spot of historic trouble?
Time had this to say about Stefani in 2014…
Stefani used four backup dancers known as the “Harajuku girls” in all her performances and as an entourage offstage. They followed her everywhere and were reportedly contractually obligated to only speak Japanese in public. She renamed them — as if they were pets — “Love,” “Angel,” “Music” and “Baby” after her album title. As you can see in the video for the song “Harajuku Girls” above, the women are basically puppets. The lyrics of her actual songs aren’t much better. In “Harajuku Girls,” Stefani calls their culture, “A Ping-Pong match between Eastern and Western.”
Unfortunately for her, many still feel the same way today prompting a heated debate online hours ago.
Realizing and accepting that Gwen Stefani is the actual definition of a culture vulture was one of the hardest parts of adulthood
— Water Witch (@_artwerk) September 17, 2017
what’s funny is like… her harajuku thing always made me feel funny, I just didn’t know how to express why at the time
— sinners, follow me (@iLove_CC) September 17, 2017
I know. I love her too. It’s a reality to accept. I don’t hate her and she seems to have cooled it with the appropriation
— Eileen ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@MissWhoeverUR) September 18, 2017
I’m not sure how she got away with using Asian women as accessories.
— Serious Black (@NicT10) September 19, 2017
This in 2012 was her last straw if she even had any left to begin with pic.twitter.com/QQ5dL0661q
— *M| #LOVEANDFALL?? (@heonyshoney) September 19, 2017
Why cultural appropriation is a no-no?
i'm so upset she dodged the era of social media…her ass deserved to get dragged w/ the intensity of a thousand suns
— part-time muslamic (@cantusheabutta) September 19, 2017