Bruno Mars' Cultural Appropriation Accusations Have Fans At War
Sadly, Bruno Mars is the latest celebrity to get accused of cultural appropriation.
This seems to have stemmed from a debate on The Grapevine, which touches on today’s topics and the impact it has on this generation. Possessing more than 50 thousands subscribers and over 20 thousands views on each video, one particular post immediately sparked a reaction from many individuals and exploded all over social media. Is Bruno Mars A Cultural Appropriator?.
YouTuber Sensei Aishitemasu called out the Grammy winning artist for profiting off ‘black music’. She went on to state, the comparison between both Mars and Michael Jackson is ‘false equivalence’ due to the period both artists emerged into the music industry. Aishitemasu doesn’t believe “Michael Jackson, now, in this day in age, would be able to get to the point that he got to previously,”. In her opinion, “a huge part of that is because people have realized that they prefer their black music and their black culture from a non-black face.” An example of this was shown through Mars obtaining Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards, which Sensei Aishitemasu revealed originators of Funk, R&B, New Jack Swing such as; New Edition, Bobby Brown and Prince have never won this particular award. In other words, “Bruno mars got the Grammy because white people love him, he’s not black period. The issue is we want our culture from non black body and Bruno mars is like ‘i’ll give it to you’ ”.
“Bruno Mars is not an original artist in the same way Michael Jackson was an original artist, in the same way Prince was an original artist” Aishitemasu stated. She believes Bruno Mars “takes pre existing work and he just completely, word for words recreates it, extrapolates it”.
Despite this, other participants of the panelist show strongly appreciate how talented Mars is, as well as believe his album 24K Magic was ‘so fire’, but cannot ignore how much be benefits off African Americans. It is believed, he is racially ambiguous, is taking advantage of “what a black person would not be able to do, and that is the issue, said panelist Uchechi.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the platinum selling artist has been accused of being a cultural appropriator. In 2017, Bruno Mars’ race and ethnicity was repeatedly questioned as many believed the star was black, when in fact, he is Puerto Rican, Jewish and Filipino.
Addressing the issue in an interview with Latina in 2017, Mars stated:
“When you say ‘black music,’ understand that you are talking about rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop, and MoTown,”. He said “black people created it all. Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland. So, in my world, black music means everything.”
What are your opinions on this? Do you believe Bruno Mars is a cultural appropriator?
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