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.
The only Black people I actually saw slamming Bruno Mars were that biddie in the video and the biddie that tweeted it. So can we just do a collective M'Baku bark over them, delete the tweet, and move on. I'm too bloated for this mess pic.twitter.com/qj9a0ly3rp— Rachel Herron (@RachelHerron) March 9, 2018
100% agree. He's not an intently malicious guy, he supports and works with other Black creators, but his music + entire aesthetic are the FARTHEST thing from original or unique or innovative or award worthy to me.— Chukwuma 🇳🇬 (@ChukBartholomew) March 9, 2018
It's Barmitzvah/Quinceañera music backed by a capitalist machine
Bruno Mars is literally the LEAST problematic musician out here and y’all want to bash him for making Bops that everyone and their grandma can dance to? I mean all that energy can be used for calling out ACTUAL culture vultures but... 😒 pic.twitter.com/iBfm4OR32m— Tara A N G E L 🗝☮⚛ (@TaraAngel94) March 9, 2018
'They want black culture from non black artists'. This is the perfect assessment of the current state of the music industry pic.twitter.com/YVsclgpvUF— rosechocglam (@rosechocglam) March 9, 2018
Just watched that lady talk about Bruno Mars and I want my two minutes and nine seconds back. Every time the camera lady said “facts”, I got mad.— мy ѕpaceѕнιp? тнιѕ ιѕ a dodge (@BarkyBoogz) March 9, 2018
She’s not wrong but you’re attack on Bruno Mars seems misplaced. He’s cited his sources multiple times. Your beef should be with the institutions that lift up some and keep down others. He’s played by the rules in my books.— Much Music Video Award Winner Alan Shane Lewis (@TheAlanShane) March 9, 2018
it's cute you think your bruno mars hate is matters. pic.twitter.com/MsXbOgDGvl— Ⓥthony Ⓥtano (@theneedledrop) March 9, 2018
Where’s the lie tho pic.twitter.com/t5ciNIR6dF— Tony J 🤴🏾 (@thetonyjbrand) March 9, 2018
Nah. we chose hypersexual trap bullshit like trey songz and chris bown - Bruno is doing pure soulful R&B after we threw it away and now people calling him a cultural appropriator? pic.twitter.com/t1M2qgbJfH— | philwood | (@woods_pj) March 9, 2018
😂😂😂😂 replace the name Bruno Mars with Justin Timberlake and you’ll actually have a point.— Lucky A (@therealpgwalley) March 9, 2018
*continues to happily listen to Bruno Mars* pic.twitter.com/e0sG61DgCY— E.Nicole (@erikastruth) March 9, 2018
Personally I didn't like Michael Jackson or Prince and I don't like Bruno Mars either. I will say one thing though, Michael Jackson and Prince are so far ahead of Bruno Mars it's laughable. They were true originals, Mars is copying badly and simply isn't original.— 🌍🌹 Steve 🌹🌍 (@A_Placebo_Fan) March 9, 2018
Cant believe i watched the full video of that bruno mars cultural appropriation discussion pic.twitter.com/eWQyYzgBRT— Tekashi Kovacs 🇭🇹 (@TheeSouthside) March 9, 2018
She’s right. People can’t separate their like/love for Bruno from the truth. It ain’t just him, it’s been like this. They love delivering our culture in a non threatening/widely accepted vehicle.— Marcus (@marcmarc330) March 9, 2018
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