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10 Celebs Who Have Come Under Fire For Cultural Appropriation

Michael B. Jordan attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
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Michael B. Jordan

The Black Panther star recently celebrated the launch of his J'Ouvert rum, which was advertised as a tribute to a Trinidadian carnival of the same name. But many people online — including Nicki Minaj — took issue with the actor using that name for his product without having any personal ties to the region. On June 22, he announced on his Instagram Stories that he would be changing the name. “We hear you,” he wrote. “I hear you and want to be clear that we are in the process of renaming.”

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Ariana Grande

“There is a difference between appropriation and appreciation,” Grande wrote in series of now-deleted tweets from 2019. At the time, the “Positions” singer was slammed for cultural appropriation while promoting her song “7 Rings.” In addition to using Japanese characters on her merch, the pop star got the song’s title tattooed on her hand. Unfortunately, her ink was misspelled and the result was a tattoo that loosely translated to “BBQ grill.”