Ariana Grande Fires Back After Being Accused of Cultural Appropriation

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Ariana Grande has never had a problem speaking her mind and refuses to sit back while false claims are being made against her.

On February 3, the singer took to Twitter to finally set the record straight about her misspelled tattoo that is continuing to make headlines.

After getting a hand tattoo with a Japanese phrase that currently translates to “Japanese BBQ Grill,” Grande has continuously been getting called out for cultural appropriation and wants to finally set the record straight.

Grande has been facing tremendous backlash

On January 29, Ariana Grande revealed that she had gotten a new tattoo to commemorate her hit single, “7 Rings” being no.1 around the world.

The singer planned on getting “7 Rings” tattooed on her hand in Japanese but after revealing the new ink, fans quickly pointed out that the tattoo said something else.

Fans revealed to Grande that instead of getting the name of her song, she actually had “barbecue grill” tattooed on her hand.

After learning of the mistake, Ariana Grande took to Twitter to reveal how she was fine with her new tattoo and even wrote why her tattoo says what it says.

In a now deleted tweet, Grande wrote, “Indeed, I left out ‘つの指,’ which should have gone in between. It hurt like f–k n still looks tight. 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.”

Ariana Grande then went on to have the tattoo “fixed” but only made it worse by having the tattoo now say “Japanese BBQ Grill.”

It all began with a tweet

Soon after Ariana Grande revealed her now completed ink, fans still called out the singer for her failed attempt at fixing a tattoo.

A laser removal company even offered the singer $1.5 million to get rid of her mistake if she agrees to be part of a few promotion endevours.

On February 3, Ariana Grande replied to the offer on Twitter by writing, “I’ll give y’all a million to get off my nuts.” 

After that initial tweet, the singer then went on a Twitter rant calling out those individuals who continue bring up her misspelled tattoo.

Grande wrote in a now-deleted string of tweets, “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?”

Ariana Grande continued, “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.”

Many fans have been viciously calling out Grande for appropriating the Japanese culture not only with her tattoo but also with her merchandise.

Ariana Grande took the time to touch upon that in her tweets, “There is a difference between appropriation and appreciation,” she added. “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.”

This is not the first time Ariana Grande has been accused of cultural appropriation.

Just last month, the singer received a tremendous amount of backlash after fans believed she was appropriating black culture in the “7 Rings” music video.