Ariana Grande apologises for "racially insensitive" Instagram Story

21 January 2019, 14:04

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

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."

Ariana Grande in the "7 Rings" video/Instagram Story
Ariana Grande apologises for "racially insensitive" Instagram Story. Picture: YouTube/ArianaGrande/Instagram/@arianagrande

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.

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."

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