“7 Rings” crooner, Ariana Grande recently got herself a tattoo in Japanese language but many of her fans are calling her out for cultural appropriation.
The award-winning singer who got the tattoo on her hand had intended for it to read the title of her single, “7 Rings” in Japenese Kanji but there was a mix up although the characters in the tattoo do translate to “seven” and “ring” if they’re labeled separately, when they come together it’s quite different.
In a series of now-deleted tweets, Grande took to Twitter to apologise as well as explain to her fans what her intention was after she was accused of cultural appropriation.
The 2018 Billboard Woman of the Year’s tattoo simply reads, “shichirin”, which is a type of Japanese BBQ grill! Ariana apologised for the mistake and even admitted she tried to fix it with the help of a Japanese tutor but it just ended up getting worse and now roughly translates to “shichirin finger”.
Despite owning up to her mistake, many still slammed the “God Is A Woman” crooner as they said she shouldn’t be putting another language that she doesn’t understand on her body just because she likes how it looks.
In her defense, she sent out the following tweets,
“I can’t read or write Kanji obviously,” one of her tweets read in response to a follower who said she should apologise for the tattoo mistake.
“What do you want me to do? It was done out of love and appreciation. What do you want me to say?”
She went on to credit herself for admitting to the mishap and apologising for it, which she feels some other people in her position wouldn’t bother doing.
“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 u like me to do or say? forreal,”
another one of her tweets read.
Grande also said she has nothing but love and appreciation for her Japanese fans and the Japanese culture by writing,
“There is a difference between appropriation and appreciation. my Japanese fans were always excited when iwrote 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.”
Lastly, Grande touched upon her anxiety and how the negative feedback about her tattoo is affecting her.
“I have crippling anxiety lol,” her tweet began. “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 even know why i’m talking ab this anymore.”
This is not the first tattoo Grande has had to rework as it would be recalled that following her split from ex-fiance, Pete Davidson, she has made an attempt to cover up the tattoo she got while they were together