Ariana Grande Responds To '7 Rings' Backlash
Ariana Grande has been accused of plagiarism and cultural appropriation after the release of her new track.
Grande dropped "7 Rings" last week -- an empowerment anthem that was inspired by a post-breakup trip to Tiffany's with six of her girlfriends.
The lyrics include a line in which Ari asks "You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it" in reference to her hair extensions.
Soon after the release, rapper Princess Nokia accused Grande of plagiarising her song "Mine", as well as co-opting the experience of women of colour.
"Ain't that the little song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmm. Sounds about white," the rapper of Puerto Rican descent said in a video posted to Instagram after hearing "7 Rings".
In response, Grande then re-posted an Instagram story from podcaster Aminatou Sow -- who is a woman of colour.
Sow jokingly wrote about "7 Rings" that: "White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism.”
Grande was slammed for reposting Sow's comments, with fans frustrated that she wasn't taking the criticism about cultural appropriation seriously.
“Hi hi i think her intention was to be like… yay a white person disassociating the negative stariotype [sic] 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,” Grande wrote on Instagram, captured by The Shade Room.
“Thanks for opening the conversation and like… to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody.”
Grande has not yet responded to criticisms of plagiarism made by both Princess Nokia, and Soulja Boy.
Main Image: YouTube/Ariana Grande.