For those who haven’t heard about the helluva storm Ariana Grande is recently facing, here’s a quick roundup: After releasing her song 7 Rings, she commemorated the success by inking her palm with the Japanese translation of her new single by tattoo artist Kane Navasard. Turns out, her tattoo translated to “shichirin,” which means a Japanese-style barbecue grill. Make of that what you will, Internet.
And while she continues to be unapologetic about having an incorrect translation (repeat after us: One’s culture is not an aesthetic), her post naturally drew backlash from the public, sorry public, alike. Their swift criticism, (sample: “Ariana’s whole look/aesthetic now seems to be leaning even more into appropriation” and “I love Ariana but this is what happens when you wear our culture as a prop”) prompted the singer to delete her original post.
No, thank you. Next.
While we expect a continued dialogue about the singer justifying her tattoo, we’ve rounded up some inkspiration for the upcoming holiday of love: Valentine’s day.
LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK
LOVED ONE’S BIRTHSTONES
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
THROUGH THICK AND THIN