Nearly eight years after his first album was considered innovative for blending different genres of music, Bruno Mars is now being accused of cultural appropriation.
In an episode of the web series, "The Grapevine," Sersen Sensei says, "Bruno Mars 100 percent is a cultural appropriator, Sensei said in the clip that went viral. "He is not black, at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to cross genres."
After the clip went viral, many agreed with Sensei's statements on Twitter, but celebrities like Charlie Wilson and Shaun King came to Mars' defense.
Watch the clip below episode below as well as twitters comments!
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Great debate. The back & forth is EXCELLENT: https://t.co/NRnpmMTQwB— Pukethony Traintano (@theneedledrop) March 9, 2018
Ok I promise I'm done talking about Bruno Mars after this lmao. Just finished the full Grapevine video. Someone on there said he's APPRECIATING it because he does give credit and pays homage to black people and that's how I feel too. There's a difference pic.twitter.com/yh84DYhebK— ✨Odion 🗣🎙 (@bodaciousbobo) March 9, 2018
i do urge y’all to watch the full video, by @TheGrapevineTV, a platform that’s been discussing topics surrounding the Black millennial experience for YEARS, get some context before you go off/in your feels ✨ https://t.co/mJ4jo9O27B— creator-in-chief 💡 (@aleyarion) March 9, 2018