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Bruno Mars Is the Center of Twitter’s Latest Cultural Appropriation Debate

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That's the debate posed by The Grapevine's video panel that's sparked a heated Twitter debate on Friday causing the pop star to become a trending topic.

Over the two-part discussion, which lasted over 50 minutes, the speakers broke down their sides of the argument. Some panelist argued that Mars countlessly honors the black artists who paved the way for him and often hires black dancers and musicians to back him up. But others have countered that the Hawaiian artist copies black music and profits off of his racial ambiguity in a way that other black artists are not able to do.

"What Bruno Mars does, is he takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it," said YouTuber Sensei Aishitemasu. "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."

This is far from the first time that Mars was the target of cultural appropriation claims. But as many have pointed out, he always makes sure to name the artists who inspired him.

"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 in a 2017 interview with Latina. "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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i hate this and the twitter conversations surrounding this.
literally there's actual culture vultures, appropriators etc. but people wanna attack the one person crediting black people in front and behind the scenes? that's messy.
look at justin timberlake vs bruno mars in terms of their acceptance speeches for awards and interviews if you don't get what im saying.
you can be mad white people or "pop radio" likes "black music" from non-black people but take that up with iheartradio not bruno. he's just making music he likes and grew up with, gives the credit, donates and supports black causes etc.
he ain't bothering no one.
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It's true though. Doc 2
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(03-09-2018, 04:06 PM)Maiko Wrote: It's true though. Doc 2


nothing they said was tea. you just don’t like bruno which is a separate conversation to be had.

meanwhile, you like justin bieber who called u the n word and said you should get lynched.

bias will blind people till the end of time.
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(03-09-2018, 10:11 PM)PACMAN Wrote:
(03-09-2018, 04:06 PM)Maiko Wrote: It's true though. Doc 2

nothing they said was tea. you just don’t like bruno which is a separate conversation to be had.

meanwhile, you like justin bieber who called u the n word and said you should get lynched.

bias will blind people till the end of time.
iggy


I do like Bruno. I'm just tired of him revisiting 80's black culture and bringing it to white America like it's new and fresh.
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She’s one of my favorite youtubers lol
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