Ariana Grande is being accused of “Asianfishing” after a new photoshoot showed her with lighter-looking skin than she’s had in the past alongside eye make-up and a series of poses that have some people upset.
The photos in question show Grande dressed up in an oversized jacket, with a bow in her slicked back hair and her eye makeup done a very specific way. Her posing is being described as “sex kitten” or “innocent,” which some critics are saying plays into stereotypes of East Asian women.
“It’s a combination of like, the ‘innocent’ posing, the little bows and sh*t, even the color of her lipstick,” TikToker @kuzumi.n suggested, before sharing a photo of “some K-pop star” she says Grande looks a little too similar to in these new photos.
The sentiment was repeated by some on Twitter, as well.
Grande has been accused of trying to look Black or Latina in the past, which some folks brought up in their accusations of Asianfishing.
But others thought the accusations went a little too far.
“She just stopped tanning. I’m confused,“ said @branflakes08. “I just think she went back to white.”
Grande has not addressed the social media controversy as of yet.