Ariana Grande is in hot water again, and this time, the offense is considerably more serious than licking a donut.
Last week, Grande released “7 Rings,” a single inspired by her closest friendships.
Certainly doesn’t sound like the kind of song that would result in a major controversy and a heartfelt apology, but that’s exactly what happened.
When rapper Princess Nokia rightly noted that several lines in the song sound remarkably similar to her own lyrics, she took to Instagram to call Ariana out.
In a since-deleted video, Nokia criticized Grande for what she perceived to be racially-tinged plagiarism.
“Does that sound familiar to you?” Nokia said.
“‘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.”
“You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it/I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it,” Grande sings on “7 Rings.”
”Flip the weave, I am a stunner/It’s mine, I bought it/It’s mine, I bought it,” Princess Nokia raps in her song “Mine.”
Not an exact copy, but it’s certainly not hard to see why Nokia took issue with the familiar lyrics.
Unfortunately, Grande proceeded to make the situation worse by “white-splaining” her cultural appropriation, rather than simply apologizing.
“‘You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it’… White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism,” Grande commented on an Instagram post about the situation.
Not surprisingly, the remark was not well received, and the backlash caused Grande to go on the offensive.
“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’…” she wrote.
“However I’m so sorry if 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.”
To make matters worse, Grande stands accused of copying her vocal delivery of the song from rapper Soulja Boy.
The similarity between “7 Rings” and Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag” was first pointed out by 2 Chainz, who commented:
“Tryna figure out if I should Big Draco @arianagrande … ya’ll tell me in the comments.”
Soulja Boy seconded the accusation, tweeting simply, “You’re a thief.”
Sounds like Ari may soon be forced to issue another round of apologies.