2005 was a tumultuous year: George W. Bush became president (again), Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, YouTube made its debut, and — in news that proved significantly less relevant to the course of world history, but still — Gwen Stefani released "Hollaback Girl."
The No Doubt frontwoman had embarked on a solo career with the release of Love. Angel. Music. Baby in late 2004. "Hollaback Girl" was cowritten with Pharrell, the music industry's favorite ageless vampire, in response to Courtney Love's dismissal of Gwen Stefani as a "cheerleader" in the pages of Seventeen. The music video was released on March 21, 2005, and the single first saw U.S. radio play that April.
In many ways, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. hasn't aged well. Stefani's appropriation of Japanese culture and treatment of her Harajuku Girls backup dancers as anonymous props (they were contractually forbidden to speak English in public) now seem downright racist.
But a decade later, this guilty pleasure — in more ways than one — of a song is just as catchy as ever. Here are 10 emblematic GIFs from its colorful, exuberant, and, yup, unavoidably problematic video.
Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.