Just when Ariana Grande thought the worst of her misspelled tattoo was over, but alas the worst was yet to come. An outrage mob dragged the pop singer for her Japanese tattoo because they claim that the ink is cultural appropriation. The accusations of cultural appropriation were so loud on social media that Grande went on a Twitter rant to try to defend herself. Despite pleaded her case, it did not seem to change anyone’s mind on Twitter. Shocker, I know.
Last week, Grande got a new tattoo on the palm of her hand that was supposed to read: “7 Rings,” as a reference to her new hit single of the same name. But something was lost in translation and the tattoo actually said: “BBQ Grill” or what is a small charcoal grill in Japan known as a “shichirin.”
The internet laughed at Ariana’s tattoo fail and so the Thank U, Next singer got the ink fixed the very next day. Except that she didn’t get it fixed. In fact, she made it worse somehow. The new tattoo that was done by artist Kane Navasard said: “Japanese Finger BBQ.”
Now people on social media are saying that Ariana is culturally appropriating Japanese culture with her tattoo and with her music video for 7 Rings. Many people have been outspoken that Grande exploits Japanese culture because she uses Japanese characters on her tattoo and Japanese culture in her music video and merchandise, so she is profiting off of a culture that she does not belong to. Twitter called Grande a “culture vulture” and was “performing white woman victimhood.”
Grande lashed out with a Twitter rant and the tweets have since been deleted.
“I also went back and got it fixed with the help of my tutor to be more accurate. I can’t read or write kanji obviously. What do you want me to do? It was done out of love and appreciation. What do you want me to say? U kno how many people make this mistake and DON’T care just cause they like how it looks? Bruh… I care sooooo much. What would u like me to do or say? Forreal. There is a difference between appropriation and appreciation. My Japanese fans were always excited when I wrote in Japanese or wore Japanese sayings on my clothing. However, all of the merch with Japanese on it was taken down from my site, not that anyone cared to notice. I have crippling anxiety lol. I don’t like hurtin ppl. People on this app really don’t know how to be forgiving or gentle when someone has made an innocent mistake. No one considers feelings other than their own. It’s very pointless. Ion [I don’t] even know why I’m talking ab[out] this anymore.”
Grande also told TMZ that she would “give y’all a million to get off my nuts.” Great, now she appropriating male genitalia.
Be careful out there, you never know how or when the outrage mob will come for you.