Will Ariana Grande’s Japanese BBQ Tattoo Hurt Her Fanbase?
Ariana Grande has been on the grind and on everyone’s mind recently, dominating the charts, with a number one album, a number one and number two song in both the UK and the US and releasing two albums within months of each other. She doesn’t mind people talking about her, unless it pertains to her recent tattoo.
What does the tattoo actually mean?
Grande revealed to her fans a tattoo she got in honor of releasing a new song, Seven Rings. The tattoo was supposed to be the title of her most recent track in Chinese but a few people noticed something wrong with the translation. The tattoo’s Japanese Kanji translation is “shichirin” which is a small barbecue grill. People are not giving Grande a break for the grammatical error.
How has Ariana Grande reacted?
Grande tried to save face by brushing and laughing off some of the shade she was getting for the incident, including some from TMZ.
But Ariana Grande wasn’t pleased with the incessant teasing, and it did not take long for her to jump on the defensive. She has since deleted tweets defending the tattoo debacle; but her twitter tirade included the response, “What do you want me to do? It was done out of love and appreciation. What do you want me to say?” She then tried to fix the phrase by adding another kanji character but it seems to make less sense now that the translation changed to “small charcoal grill finger”.
Fans are not happy
Fans have been claiming her use of kawaii imagery in her recent video and now the series of mistakes relating to her lack of understanding of kanji shows a shallow appreciation of Japanese culture, prompting accusations of cultural appropriation.
Also, the fact she has since deleted her apologies for the lack of effort put into the understanding of kanji seemed disrespectful to many.
It was also brought up the that many Japanese-Americans are bullied for their culture and Ariana Grande using it so thoughtlessly is very insensitive and hurtful.
Ariana Grande tried to educate Twitter users by saying, “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.” She also accused people of not knowing “how to be forgiving or gentle when someone makes an innocent mistake.”
She has since revealed a new tattoo, a large Pokemon character on her arm.
All of this aside, Ariana Grande still won best pop vocal album with ‘Sweetner’ at the 2019 Grammys despite her absence, is going on tour in one month, and remains on top of the charts. Most likely these incidents will not be ruining her career anytime soon.