These days, it seems like Ariana Grande is never out of the news. In the last week alone, she's made headlines for her brand new Pokemon tattoo, for the tribute she posted to her late ex, Mac Miller, and, most recently, for her new song, 7 Rings.
A riff on the Sound of Music classic, 7 Rings is apparently inspired by a true story. As Grande explained recently, the lyrics refer to a time she got wasted and decided to treat herself and six friends to engagement rings from Tiffany's (because why not, I guess). This is referenced in the lines: "Wearin' a ring but ain't gon' be no Mrs./Buy matching diamonds for six of my b*tches/I'd rather spoil all my friends with my riches/Think retail therapy my new addiction".
"You know how when you’re waiting at Tiffany’s they give you lots of champagne?” she asked Billboard. "They got us very tipsy, so we bought seven engagement rings, and when I got back to the studio I gave everybody a friendship ring."
But aside from making everyone else feel poor AF, the song has also caused a bit of controversy thanks to one of its other lyrics.
The offending lines in question are, "You like my hair?/Gee, thanks! Just bought it" which, at first, don't seem offensive in the slightest.
However, when one person on Instagram (username @aminatou) associated "buying" hair with buying a weave - something that is associated with black culture - they posted a (possibly tongue-in-cheek) statement saying the song would "solve racism".
Grande reposted the statement, apparently thinking that it was complimentary. Upon receiving some negative criticism, though, she took it back down, urging theshaderoom to share the screenshot to their account with a statement saying she is "missing the point of the backlash".
Ariana then responded to this with an apology, saying:
"hi hi. i think [@aminatou's] intention was to be like... yay a white person disassociating the negative stariotype that is paired with the word 'weave'... however i'm so sorry if my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way. thanks for opening the conversation and like... to everyone for talking to me about it. it's never my intention to offend anybody [sic]."
A lot of people think that the backlash was an overreaction anyway.
"That line about her hair could just as easily be about getting hair extensions, or dying it a fun color," said one person. "People CHOSE to hear it in the most offensive way possible."
"Ariana buys her hair and she has all rights to sing about it," added another. "Brown and black women aren't the only ones wearing and purchasing hair. Period."
Regardless of the mild controversy, 7 Rings is well on its way to stealing the number one spot, and has already smashed a Spotify record for having the most plays on the day of its release. All in all then, it doesn't seem like Ari has much to worry about.