Ariana Grande apologises for "racially insensitive" Instagram Story
21 January 2019, 14:04
Whew, the release of "7 Rings" has not been smooth sailing.
Ariana Grande dropped her latest hit "7 Rings" on Friday and, of course, it blew up. The "7 Rings" video was full of her closest BFFs, cute lewks and a ponytail longer than our lifespan. However, soon after the track was released, it started causing problems for Ari.
The "thank u, next" singer was called out by rapper Princess Nokia, who accused Ariana of copying her song "Mine". Soon other artists noticed similarities between "7 Rings" and their songs, including rappers 2 Chainz and Soulja Boy.
"Does that sound familiar to you? 'Cause that sound really familiar to me. Oh my god!" Princess Nokia said in a since-deleted video. "Ain't that the lil' song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmm… sounds about white."
Now both the ladies spoke about their hair on their tracks, with Ariana singing the "7 Rings" lyric, "You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it// I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it." Meanwhile, Princess Nokia raps, "Flip the weave, I am a stunner// It's mine, I bought it// It's mine, I bought it."
Ariana later shared a fan's post to her Instagram Story, which read: "'You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it…' White women talking about their weaves is how we're gonna solve racism." Ariana wrote that she had "so much love" for the fan, alongside a black heart. However, after some backlash, Ari deleted the post.
@ArianaGrande white women talking about their weaves won't solve racism, why did you repost that 🤦♀️ even if it's a joke it's not funny lmao— Raq$ (@Rawwwquel) January 19, 2019
Soo i show up to twitter seeing that Ariana grande said white women talking about weaves will end racism..... pic.twitter.com/5emt6Inrdz— Amen & Gin (@_HeavensAngel_) January 20, 2019
@ArianaGrande please delete ur story and apologise. it was really insensitive. if it was meant seriously or sarcastically, it doesn’t matter, it was wrong of u to post something like that.— lola (@styIesdrew) January 19, 2019
She jokes like this I think she’s laughing at the post not like “yas I’m curing racism by talking about my weave.”— Brandon Sams 🌈 (@TheBrandonSams) January 19, 2019
When black women wear weave it’s ghetto and trash and we’re bald but now miss Ariana says that corny ass line everyone and their mom is hype ab it. I love Ariana but bitch NO. @arianagrande— oh k . (@xchancelorswife) January 19, 2019
The Shade Room then shared the deleted post and Ariana commented beneath it. "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 if my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way," she explained. "Thanks for opening the conversation and like… to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody."