Ariana Grande apologized after being called out by fans for casual racism and inappropriately handling criticism about her song 7 Rings.
The pop star recently posted a picture to her Instagram story of a fan’s comments about her new song 7 Rings. The fan wrote, “‘You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it…’ White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism.”
The fan might have meant these comments as sarcasm, but Grande interpreted it as a positively intentioned statement and commented, “so much love”. She later took the post down when criticism arose about the way she had handled the critique.
The Instagram account by the name of The Shade Room later posted a screenshot of Grande’s post. She commented underneath to let the world know of her feelings.
She wrote, “Hi hi. I think her intention was to be like… yay a white person disassociating the negative stereotype that is paired with the word ‘weave’… however, I’m so sorry my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way. Thanks for opening the conversation and like… to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody.”
While the artist chose to comment on these criticisms, she has not yet addressed other criticisms that arose after artists like Princess Nokia and Soulja Boy accused Grande of stealing lyrics from their existing songs.
Princess Nokia uploaded a video on Instagram, tagging Grande. She claimed that the song 7 Rings had strikingly similar lyrics to those of her own song Mine from her 1992 mixtape.
Princess Nokia said, “Does that sound familiar to you? ‘Cause that sound really familiar to me. Oh my God! Ain’t that the lil’ song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmm… Sounds about white.”
7 Rings has broken Spotify’s record for most streams within 24 hours.