It seems as though Ariana Grande can’t catch a break lately. Between her rough year and struggling with anxiety, she’s still managed to produce two albums for her fans and followers—in less than a year. After releasing Sweetener, and having three of her singles reach #1, Grande announced she would be releasing another album—Thank U, Next—on February 8th. While fans anxiously await the album drop, Grande released two singles—Thank U, Next and 7 Rings—for them to enjoy.
After the widespread success of 7 Rings—a song about a drunk shopping trip to Tiffany & Co. where Grande bought 7 of her best friends matching diamond rings—Grande decided to get a brand new tattoo on her hand of what she thought was “7 Rings” in Japanese. Grande has been no stranger to embracing Japanese culture, as she has shown immense love and admiration for Japan and their people and values. But, it turns out, Grande accidentally tattooed something completely different.
It turns out, Grande had tattooed a word that means tiny BBQ in Japanese.
Ariana Grande’s new tattoo “七輪” means Japanese style bbq grill, not 7 rings. ? If you want to know about 七輪, just google “SHICHIRIN” pic.twitter.com/HuQM2EwI62
— *amo* (@hey__amo) January 30, 2019
So, Grande went back to sit through more pain and agony to fix the tattoo—and, people still had issues with her getting the tattoo done. Many claimed Grande was “appropriating” Japanese culture.
I used to love Ariana Grande and I think a part of me always will but I can’t get with the cultural appropriation from 7 rings and now this bbq “7 rings” tattoo. Like it’s okay to like another culture but idk her interest in Japan (and Japanese) is very ignorant to me.
— not seeing exo?? (@Channievv) January 30, 2019
Grande issued a statement in now deleted tweets online saying:
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.
But, while Grande wants to stop talking about it, it seems everyone wants to continue the conversation—including Nick Cannon. The entertainer is currently standing in for Wendy Williams while she takes time off from The Wendy Williams Show and brought up that he was hanging out with Pete Davidson—Grande’s ex.
Last night I was hanging out with my little brother, Pete Davidson. We was in Brooklyn. We were having some good conversation. We was having cougar conversations. I said, ‘I taught that young boy well.
I’m gonna take credit for it. I’m the one that told him, ‘Get you an older woman, man!’ I said that. Leave them little pop stars alone! An old woman know what she wants. She don’t play no games! She’s serious… That’s what I’m talking about. Get you somebody older.
And, he didn’t stop there. He added:
Them little pop stars, they don’t know! They getting Japanese menus tattooed on their backs from the sushi rest—. I’m joking, but that is Ariana Grande’s hand. And I think that’s after she even tried to fix it. That’s some young girl stuff.
He tried to make it seem nicer by saying we “all make mistakes” with tattoos—pointing out that he did get Mariah Carey’s name tattooed on his back, but, he continuously called Ariana Grande a little girl by saying Pete Davidson needs an “older woman.”
Ouch, this ain’t a good look. And, some people online had thoughts.
Man @NickCannon you got a big mouth out there judging people like @ArianaGrande who are going through mental health issues. Don't you have any compassion? Are you raising your kids this way? It's about time your PR people told you to sit down.
— found faith (@indarkestplaces) February 5, 2019
Nick cannon is a grown ass man and he really shaded Ariana grande smh
— ? (@extralarges) February 5, 2019
would love him better if he wasn't trashing Ariana Grande all the time. Come-on man, u know better. And older women are only good to baby men, balanced adults can date their age. You- welcome.
— RemyPeace80 (@Peace80Remy) February 5, 2019