In a new interview with “Allure“, Gwen Stefani says that when she first visited Japan she had a revelation, ‘My God, I’m Japanese and I didn’t know it.”
She added, “If [people are] going to criticize me for being a fan of something beautiful and sharing that, then I just think that doesn’t feel right. I think it was a beautiful time of creativity.
“[It] should be okay to be inspired by other cultures because if we’re not allowed then that’s dividing people, right?”
Interestingly, the woman conducting the interview was Asian, and she said, “I don’t believe Stefani was trying to be malicious or hurtful in making these statements.
“But words don’t have to be hostile in their intent in order to potentially cause harm.”