Ariana Grande Accused of Cultural Appropriation, “Asian-Fishing”

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Credit: Screenshot via @kuzumi.n TikTok

Current popstar and former Nickelodeon starlet Ariana Grande — who made a name for herself among Disney fans when she performed “I Won’t Say (I’m In Love)” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules (1997) on the original Disney Family Singalong special during quarantine in 2020, leading to a petition for the “Bang Bang” songstress to play Megara in the reported upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic animated movie — has been accused of Korean cultural appropriation in a viral TikTok video.

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Credit: Ariana Grande Instagram

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TikToker @kuzumi.n has accused the star of “Asian-fishing,” a term that refers to altering one’s appearance to take on traditionally Asian characteristics in order to get additional public attention.
In the video, the social media user notes many of Ariana’s poses during what appears to be a recent photoshoot. Her make-up was also addressed, with @kuzumi.n suggesting that The Voice judge was trying to imitate the looks of various K-Pop (Korean pop) stars.
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Credit: Screenshot via @kuzumi.n TikTok

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The video even compared Ariana’s recent look to photos of actual Korean women. Currently, the video has over 155,000 views and over 6,000 comments.
Grande is currently serving as a judge on NBC’s hit singing competition, The Voice. She joined Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend on the latest season of the hit series, which also features Carson Daly as the host.
The former Cat Valentine actress has also appeared on a number of other Disney specials, as outlined below:
For Disney, she appeared and performed in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade in 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards. She also performed Zero to Hero on the We Love Disney album. In 2017, she performed a duet version of Beauty and the Beast with John Legend for the 2017 version of the film of the same name. She was mentioned in an episode of Stuck in the Middle and the Bizaardvark episode “Chocolate Bananas”.

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