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People On Social Media Are At War After Bruno Mars Is Accused Of Culturally Appropriating Black Music In New Video

Is Bruno Mars a cultural appropriator?

YouTuber Sensei Aishitemasu seems to think so and she recently slammed the music superstar. And now Bruno’s fans are ripping into her.

In an episode of YouTube’s The Grapevine on March 8, her comments during the 25-minute discussion lifted the lid of a controversy container.

“Bruno Mars is 100 percent a cultural appropriator,” Sensei stated. “He is racially ambiguous. He is not black, at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to be able to do cross-genre and going into different places.”

She then explained that she felt that comparisons of Bruno to the late and great Michael Jackson are a “false equivalency,” as things were so different when the "King of Pop" was at the height of his career than they are now.

“I don’t even think that Michael Jackson, now, in this day in age, would be able to get to the point that he got to previously,” she went on to say. “And 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.”

Oh and she feels that Bruno isn’t original.

“What Bruno Mars does, is he takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it,” she explained. “He does not create it, he does not improve upon it, he does not make it better. He’s a karaoke singer, he’s a wedding singer, he’s the person you hire to do Michael Jackson and Prince covers. Yet Bruno Mars has an Album of the Year Grammy and Prince never won an Album of the Year Grammy.”

“Bruno Mars got that Grammy because white people love him because she’s not black, period. The issue is: We want our black culture from non-black bodies. And Bruno Mars is like — bam, I’ll give it to you.” 

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See the clip below.

The Internet had some thoughts…

Bruno once addressed previous cultural appropriation claims in a 2017 interview with Latina. “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.”

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