As previously reported, Grande got the Kanji letters "七輪" inked on her palm, which read as "shichirin," a type of small Japanese charcoal grill.
Consulting with her "tutor" Ayumi, Grande was told to insert the character for "finger" (指) above and in between the existing characters. Instead, Grande inked the symbol directly below the existing tattoo and added a heart symbol beside it.
She revealed the updated tattoo in a since-deleted Instagram story, with the message, "rip tiny charcoal grill. miss u man. i actually really liked u."
As BuzzFeed points out, because Japanese is read vertically, her tattoo should read "輪♡七指 " — but because that doesn't make sense in Japanese, it would likely be read left to right as "七輪指♡."
Unfortunately for Grande, rather than reading "7 rings" as originally intended, that new translation now reads: "Japanese BBQ finger ♡."
A lot of people are pointing it out as a painful and permanent lesson as to why cultural appropriation is a bad idea.
See some of the not-so-sympathetic reactions below.
Guys, how many times do we Asians have to tell non-Asians to stop getting Asian tats for no reason? why did she need "7 rings" in japanese and not english? like. THIS IS WHAT YOU GET.— Kimmy Yam (@kimmythepooh) January 30, 2019
Also she has hot dogs for a hand. https://t.co/UnuZhmom7M
My ears perk up as I sense the air shift around me, I nearly trip as I break into a full sprint across my apartment, I throw open my window with the gusto of a man escaping a burning building, and I scream to the world and God: ARIANA GRANDE IS CANCELLED https://t.co/e1ieYbfZVo— Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon) January 30, 2019
I still have a hard time understanding why ANYONE would get a tattoo in a language they don't speak/aren't connected to through heritage or even location. Literally what is the point? Y'all can defend Ariana Grande all you want but she low key dumb af— Ari 👄 (@arikvash) January 30, 2019
to be clear i'm a fan of Ariana Grande but her accidentally getting a tattoo in Japanese that says "small charcoal grill" instead of "7 rings" is genuinely one of the funnest things i've ever heard— ellie (@holy_schnitt) January 30, 2019
ariana grande BEEN gross the woman has practically been doing blackface for months and now she's getting dumb tattoos in japanese and putting japanese words on her merch that DON'T EVEN MATCH UP WITH what she's trying to say??? why are y'all letting this slide— lauren (@korglovebot) January 30, 2019
lmao at ariana grande pretending like her tattoo was just "too painful" and saying she purposely got a badly translated tattoo instead of admitting that she's just a white chick that cant understand Chinese or Japanese— hannah (@brimstonebitch) January 30, 2019