It just goes to show that cultural appropriation never has a happy ending. In an attempt to celebrate her new single, singer Ariana Grande took to the needle to engrave her hand with a little ink. The ill fated characters 七輪, although not a correct translation of her song title "7 Rings", does in fact name a particularly beloved small Japanese charcoal grill, a Shichirin. Fans and critics alike are roasting the star like a slab of delicious Wagyu Yakiniku.
Ariana Grande apparently took to Instagram to share her new tattoo with the world in a post that has since been deleted. The caption stated "This felt super good @kanenavasard jk (everyone thinks this is a fake hand but it’s indeed…. my hand.)" We're still wondering how Kane is taking the whole thing...but many of her fans are cackling with glee, no matter how much love they have for the star. Twitter user Molly Lambert posted, "Ariana Grande bringing back misspelled Japanese character tats is peak 2000s nostalgia." And it's true. There are many reasons why people no longer abuse cultures, aesthetics, and alphabets for their own amusement, but misspelt tattoos are certainly at the top of the list.
It looks like Ariana Grande is just hoping that the rule of palm tattoos holds true and that the ink will soon fade with a few hand washings. She later tweeted, "It hurt like fuck 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.” Later adding, "Pls leave me and my tambourine grill alone. thank u.” Perhaps she could try laser removal? Or...even easier...just picking up a BBQ grill and whipping up some new vegan recipes! Who doesn't love skewered pineapples and peppers?
In any case, while we wait for her new Japanese tattoo to fade from headlines, enjoy this video of Tiny Korean BBQ. It will help you forget how bad you feel for her. And if you're actually relishing this absurd moment in time, you can continue that with this lovely article that lists out the rest of her tattoos which are pretty much as ridiculous and basic as today's faux pas.