Bruno Mars Addresses Cultural Appropriation Accusations
Written by B87FM on March 6, 2021
Bruno Mars is responding after being accused of cultural appropriation.
Again in March 2018, the Grammy-winning singer’s title started trending on Twitter after a video circulated through which the host argued that Mars is “100 % a cultural appropriator” who “performs up his racial ambiguity to…cross genres.” The widespread criticism resulted in a debate about race, colorism, and appropriation.
However Bruno has by no means addressed the controversy till now. Whereas selling his new band Silk Sonic with Anderson .Paak on “The Breakfast Membership” on Friday (March 5), he confronted the claims of cultural appropriation.
“Individuals like to accuse you of being a cultural thief, which I discover fascinating as a result of you’re a individual of coloration,” stated Charlamagne Tha God. “What would you say to these folks?”
Bruno, who’s of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent, defined that he has at all times acknowledged the originators like Michael Jackson, Prince, and James Brown, who paved the way in which for him.
“I’d say, you possibly can’t have a look at an interview, you possibly can’t discover an interview the place I’m not speaking in regards to the entertainers that’ve come earlier than me. And the one cause why I’m right here is due to James Brown, is due to Prince, Michael [Jackson]–that’s the one cause why I’m right here,” he stated. “I’m rising up as a child, watching Bobby Brown [and] saying, ‘OK, if that’s what it takes to make it, then I’ve gotta discover ways to do the operating man, I’ve gotta discover ways to do the moon stroll.’ That’s it. And this music comes from love, and for those who can’t hear that, then I don’t know what to inform ya.”
He continued, “We wearin’ the inspiration on our sleeve. What’s the level if us, as musicians, can’t be taught from the blokes that’ve come earlier than us? Why did they do it?” he stated. “I hope in a while down the street there’s gonna be a band that’s takin’ what we did and flippin’ that and freakin’ that and placing their very own spin on it. As a result of in the event that they don’t, then what’s the level of us doing this?”
Bruno used Michael Jordan for example. “If we enjoying basketball, for those who can’t be taught from Michael Jordan, what’s the level of him doing that?” he requested. “Why can’t you be taught all these tips that this man did, the best of all time, and learn the way he did this three-pointer or this fade away?”
When Charlamagne requested if he was upset by the criticism, Bruno stated he understands the place it comes from. “It comes with the gig. And there’s actual advantage to what persons are saying about Black entertainers not getting their flowers, and I’m championing with that, I’m with that,” he stated, including, “I perceive, but it surely’s simply Twitter.”
On Friday, Bruno returned to music after a four-and-a-half-year hiatus. He and Anderson .Paak dropped “Go away the Door Open,” their first single because the duo Silk Sonic. Their album An Night with Silk Sonic is due later this yr.