Bruno Mars Is Being Accused Of Cultural Appropriation & Opinions Are Divided

12 March 2018, 12:47

Bruno Mars performs onstage

A huge debate has been sparked online regarding the artistry of Mars.

Bruno Mars is currently at the centre of ongoing debate online after being accused of being a "cultural appropriator".

During an episode of YouTube's 'The Grapevine', a panelist and writer named Sensei Aishitemasu argued that Mars creates and performs music that culturally appropriates black culture.

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"Bruno Mars 100 percent is a cultural appropriator," says Sensei, arguing that the R&B singer uses "his racial ambiguity" to "cross genres".

"He takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it," he adds, before comparing the '24K Magic' star to his self-confessed inspirations Michael Jackson and Prince.

"He is not an original artist in the same way that Michael Jackson was an original artist, or the way that Prince was an original artist." 

The footage soon went viral and, while many agreed with Sensei's views, fans of Bruno's quickly leapt to the defence of the 'Versace On The Floor' singer.

Many argued that the Grammy-award winner - who is of Filipino, Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi Jewish descent - is the "least" problematic musician in the game.

Furthermore, people were quick to add that Mars has frequently given credit to black-dominated genres, like funk and soul, and its musicians for allowing him to perform.

Mars is yet to respond to the criticism.

The singer is preparing to hit the road again for the next leg of his successful 24K Magic World Tour, which will feature his 'Finesse' collaborator Cardi B as the support act.

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