Every song Ariana Grande releases is a huge hit, and she has another hotly-anticipated album due out tomorrow. Even with thank u, next on the horizon, though, she can’t seem to shake the online fallout for her honest tattoo mistake. If you missed the story the first time around, folks have been giving her trouble ever since she botched a tattoo that was supposed to say “7 rings.” Now she’s had enough, and apparently plans to quit studying Japanese as a result.
After the initial mistake—which turned “7 rings” into “Japanese BBQ grill” (shichirin)—Grande tried to fix it. Even the fix was messed up, though, technically reading “Japanese BBQ grill finger,” and the Internet wasn’t shy about reminding her. After tweeting and deleting a few comments about doing it out of appreciation and actually caring enough to try and fix the mistake, Grande made a couple statements that particularly stood out to Japanese fans.
Here are two of the most notable replies that had fans in Japan concerned about the pop star falling out of love with their country:
— MIO (@F85687139) February 4, 2019
It didn’t take long for the #ThankYouArianaLikeJapan hashtag to start trending.
If you’re wondering just how into Japanese culture Ariana Grande is, here are some samples of her speaking Japanese:
— Ari and JB💘 (@leosweden10) February 3, 2019
Hopefully this is just a temporary bout of frustration and she picks up those lessons again sooner rather than later. I’m sure her Japanese fans would appreciate it.