Do You Think Bruno Mars Part of The Problem?

Bruno Mars Part of The Problem?

Over the weekend Bruno Mars was the subject of heated Twitter discourse. Mars is being accused of cultural appropriation.

Bruno Mars came under fire as part of an online round table discussion, which saw writer Seren Sensei hit out at Mars for appropriating black music. Read on to get the tea…

Bruno Mars Part of The Problem? has the latest news about Bruno Mars who was accused of cultural appropriation on social media.

The over-rated pop artist, Bruno Mars for some reason has reached super star status as an R&B star. We don’t see it, and apparently neither does writer Seren Sensei who put the Bruno Mars on blast.

Sensei post instantly went viral thanks to 3 million + views.

Sensei says:

“Bruno Mars 100% is a cultural appropriator. He is not black, at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to cross genres… because people have realized that they prefer their black music and their black culture from a non-black face… we have artists now that are much more willing to step into black genres.”

The Honolulu native is half-Puerto Rican and half-Ashkenazi Jewish father and a Filipino mother, which s a far cry from being black. Though, he has been able to reach the masses collaborating with African-American artists. Yes, the music industry is back to their old tricks, but instead of using white faces like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus, they’ve taken a brown skin approach.

Basically, Sensei’s pointed out that Mars is “the perfect assessment of the current state of the music industry.”


Of course, a few prominent black commentators defended Mars, like Marjua Estevez of Vibe, who wrote:

“In no room is Bruno Mars a white person. Given his Puerto Rican and Filipino ancestry — both of which have African roots… one could argue Bruno’s artistry pulls from intrinsic knowledge and influence.”

Then, Stereo Williams at Billboard who points out:

“Sensei’s take is ahistorical, in that she presupposes that appropriation is now more prevalent and prominent than ever. White folks making Black music is not a new phenomenon.”

Williams added:

“We’ve reached a tipping point in the ‘cultural appropriation’ conversation. It’s become knee-jerk and lacks nuance.” understand their points, but like we said, the music industry has been stealing hits from black artists from the early 40s and rerecording the songs with white singers. Back in the day, our society was segregated, so the music industry wanted to make money off both cultures. They still do it for the part of American’s who are still racially deaf to non-white music. However, they are using the same method to gain more ears by using brown skin since the Latino community is bigger than any culture. There is money to be made, and with greed as the full to make music, artist like Bruno Mars are gaining a lane.

We are not fans of his music, since we feel Bruno Mars is a music industry pawn for the labels to cash in, but pop music lovers love him.

What do you think?