Ariana Grande fires back over criticism of misspelled tattoo, accusations of cultural appropriation
As you may have heard by now, Ariana Grande got a much-discussed new tattoo recently. No, not the Pete Davidson one. No, not the Pokemon one, either. We're talking about the "7 Rings" tattoo, or - to use its accurate translation from the Japanese - the "Small Charcoal Grill" tattoo.
Yup, you read that correctly: Grande, a woman so wealthy she literally wrote a song about it, apparently couldn't afford a reliable spellcheck on her new ink, and so ended up getting what amounted to "barbecue" tattooed on her hand.
Well, for a short while anyway.
After some backlash, the singer added an extra character and a heart to the piece, so now it says "Japanese BBQ finger ♡".
Unsurprisingly, this caused yet more hilarity on social media, with some saying the 25-year-old singer deserves the embarrassment for culturally appropriating the kanji language without any respect for Japanese speakers.
By this point, though, Grande had had enough. So, when TMZ tweeted, "Ariana Grande Gets Million Dollar Offer to Remove Japanese BBQ Grill Tattoo," the singer responded with: "i’ll give y’all a million to get off my nuts".
She then tweeted (and subsequently 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 soooo much. what would you like me to do or say? forreal [sic]."
In another (also deleted) tweet, Grande said that she had taken down the Japanese-branded merchandise from her online store in response to the backlash:
"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."
Still, some critics of the star jumped on her tweet to TMZ to tell her that she wasn't handling the situation very well.
"i love u but... this was not the way to go about it," one person wrote. "just apologize and drop the white woman victimhood and own up to it. look thru others’ pov. this says a lot abt how u view the culture as a whole. saying 'get off my nuts' and making excuses shows ur true colors. do better [sic]."
"Its almost like we're laughing at you for using Japanese/japan as an aesthetic and it firing back on you," said another.
Meanwhile, the usual Ari stans were out in full force offering to sacrifice their lives for the thank u, next singer.
Soooo, essentially, we're right back where we started: Grande says she did nothing wrong, her fans backed her up, and her critics called her out. Oh, and she still has "Japanese BBQ finger ♡" tattooed on their palm, which will never - I repeat, never - stop being hilarious.