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Twitter Debates Whether Bruno Mars Stole Black Music

By HHL JT

A video by The Grapevine which debates whether or not Bruno Mars is appropriating black culture has garnered a ton of reaction.

Critic Sensei Aishitemasu, who's featured in the vid, had some pretty harsh words for the 2018 Grammy winner for album of the year.

“Bruno Mars is 100 percent a cultural appropriator,” Aishitemasu said. “He is racially ambiguous. He is not black, at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to be able to do cross-genre and going into different places.

"What Bruno Mars does, is he takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it,” she continued. “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.”

Her opinion has sparked much debate on Twitter, as Mars has become today's trending topic. Here's some of the reaction:

Twitter (and black Twitter) seems to be pretty solidly Team Bruno on this one. What do you think?

 
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