So what do you all think of this? BRUNO MARS has been embroiled in a cultural appropriation controversy. Over the weekend a 2 minute video by “The Grapevine” which is a web series exploring African American issues was posted on Twitter by user “Hannie” with black writer and activist “Seren Senssei” talking about why Mars is appropriating elements of what is traditionally and historically black music genres (soul, funk, RnB, reggae, hip hop) in his music for profit and fame. This was in relation to the “24K Magic” song.
This is what she said exactly (via CNN):
“Bruno Mars 100% is a cultural appropriator. He is not black, at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to cross genres,”
“What Bruno Mars does, is he takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it,” she added. “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.”
There were Twitter users who agreed with Seren:
but many other black activists, commentators and musicians coming to Mars defense including BLM activist Shaun King and RnB singer Charlie Wilson. Their opinions are pretty much saying what I think and that is Mars has not disrespected all these music genres and he is bringing it all to the masses and making it big again. The more we can spread these awesome music genres by POC, the better it is in my opinion.
Mars’ mother is Filipino
and his father is Puerto Rican and Jewish.
He has also collaborated with many black singers and I do think he has given these genres a lot of respect and have really bought these genres to a new level.
I will leave it here, but let us know what y’all think.
Images via CNN
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