The Internet Is At War Over Bruno Mars' Cultural Appropriation Accusations

LOS ANGELES , CA - DECEMBER 02: Bruno Mars performs on stage during the 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 at Staples Center on December 02, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

The Internet Is At War Over Bruno Mars' Cultural Appropriation Accusations

"Bruno Mars got that Grammy because he's not Black, period."

Published March 9, 2018

The internet woke up wielding swords at each other on Friday morning (March 9) after another post-Grammys cultural appropriation debate surfaced naming genre-hybrid funkateer Bruno Mars as the culprit.

Conversationalists of YouTube’s The Grapevine launched the hotly controversial 25-minute discussion. Sensei Aishitemasu took the floor to call out Mr. 24K Magic with a laundry list of points that pinned the culture vulture badge to his career and Grammys recognition.

“Yes, Bruno Mars is 100 percent a cultural appropriator,” she began. “He is racially ambiguous. He is not Black at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to be able to do what Jamir says: cross genres and go into different places.”

Aishitemasu brought the King of Pop Michael Jackson into the conversation as well, who Bruno’s celebrity and sound is often compared to. In current times, she said, even MJ would not have elevated to the level of musical excellence that his legacy holds because people have realized that they prefer Black music from non-Black artists. Not to mention, she added, more artists are willing to step into Black genres now than ever before.

On a creative note, Aishitemasu believes that Bruno isn’t original like MJ nor Prince and takes existing music to recreate and “extrapolate,” thus dubbing him a “karaoke” and “wedding singer.”

“Bruno Mars got that Grammy because he’s not Black, period,” she concluded. “The issue is we want our Black culture from non-Black bodies and Bruno Mars is like, ‘I’ll give it to you.’”

After someone snipped the YouTuber’s statements for all of the Twitterverse to weigh in on, the internet is pounding on Aishitemasu’s doors for her sentiments and waging war over the debate.

See their cultural appropriation tug of war below.

Written by Diamond Alexis

(Photo: JB Lacroix/WireImage)


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