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- Ariana Grande recently got a tattoo on her hand, which is meant to say “7 rings” in Japanese, the name of her newest single.
- Fans quickly noticed, however, that the two kanji characters paired together actually translates to “shichirin,” which is a small BBQ grill.
- In a now-deleted tweet, Grande acknowledged that she had left out the characters in between 七 and 輪 that would have made it correct because the tattoo was too painful: “It hurt like f— n still looks tight,” she wrote.
- Some people have since criticized Grande for exploiting kanji and Japanese culture “for the aesthetic” without properly respecting it.
Critics have accused Ariana Grande of cultural appropriation after it was revealed that her newest tattoo, which is meant to say “seven rings” in Japanese, is misspelled.
The tattoo was revealed in an Instagram post on Tuesday, which has since been deleted. The ink on her palm includes two kanji characters: “七,” which means “seven,” and “輪,” which means “hoop,” “circle,” or “rings.”
Fans quickly realized, however, that these two characters, when put together, actually translate to mean “shichirin,” which is a small BBQ grill.
— Ariana Grande Today (@ArianaToday) January 30, 2019
In a now-deleted tweet, Grande admitted that she left out the characters in between that would have completed the proper translation.
“It hurt like f— n still looks tight,” she wrote. “I wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol lmao. But this spot also peels a ton and won’t last so if I miss it enough, I’ll suffer thru the whole thing next time.”
The correct spelling of “seven rings” in Japanese was included in Grande’s music video for her newest single, “7 Rings.”
- Ariana Grande/YouTube
Grande has often expressed a love for Japan and Japanese culture. She began learning the language in 2015 and has demonstrated her progress on numerous occasions. Grande has even given online shoutouts to her tutor Ayumi, who works at Fuji, a Japanese language school in little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
Many critics, however, thought Grande’s response to her tattoo blunder indicates a disrespect for the language.
In particular, many people took issue with the idea that Grande knew the phrase was misspelled, but doesn’t seem to mind because it “still looks tight.”
ariana grande’s dumb ass got a tattoo of an entree and has the audacity to be like o lol i didnt want to sit thru it bc it hurt uwu so basically u care about the aesthetic of kanji but not the meaning of the words?? “indeed” pic.twitter.com/bhCvrEVZuf
— caro???????????? (@rococcoletariat) January 30, 2019
Ariana grande not caring that her tattoo means bbq grill just proves she views kanji as an aesthetic and the people that still defend that 4’9 little bratz doll r literally digging the grave for her
— ???? (@leoyolk) January 30, 2019
ariana stans defending her cultural appropriation is ugly wtf u can still stan her but acknowledge the fact that she’s using other languages and cultures that aren’t her own for aesthetics
— josie (@rchmadden) January 30, 2019
Another reason why I can't listen to Ariana Grande's music: language is an aesthetic in her world. Also, the top of your foot is more painful & I've still seen people get a full color tat there so that's the worst excuse I've heard for getting a half assed crappy tattoo but okay. pic.twitter.com/mSMSMxLahd
— Lynn | Just waiting on new Ryeowook selfies???? (@RyeowooksThighs) January 30, 2019
ariana should definitely be called out for cultural appropriation, what she’s doing with japanese culture rn is extremely embarrassing
— elly ♡ (@pussyprivilegex) January 30, 2019
ariana stans: ariana has a deep appreciation for the japanese language and culture and has been studying it for years
ariana: gets a tattoo that says bbq instead of 7 rings
— morgi 22 (@renminluvr) January 30, 2019
Cultural appropriation can be difficult to define, but it’s widely understood as a person co-opting aspects of another culture – particularly if a white person is taking and making “trendy” something people of color are often mocked for – without fully understanding the history behind it.
Grande’s “7 Rings” was previously criticized for lifting styles and lyrics from black artists, while the music video drew comparisons to the phenomenon “blackfishing,” which is when a white person intentionally leans into blackness and blurs their own racial indicators.
She indirectly addressed the backlash when she apologized for re-posting a fan who praised the “7 Rings” lyric: “You like my hair? Gee thanks, just bought it.”
that is what her intention was by posting it and what she meant. i am sorry if my response to it was out of pocket. thank you for listening and talking to me about it.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 19, 2019
“Thanks for opening the conversation and like… to everyone for talking to me about it. it’s never my intention to offend anybody,” she wrote on Instagram, adding a black heart emoji.
Representatives for Grande didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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