The "cultural appropriation" Gestapo have come for the head of pop-musician Bruno Mars, alleging that he "stole" his groove from black artists and never gave credit, or at the very least became famous by stealing from them.
The brouhaha started over the weekend with an episode on the Web series, "The Grapevine," which focuses on black American issues. In the two-minute clip posted below, SJW Seren Sensei says that Mars plays up his racial ambiguity (he's Filipino, Puerto Rican, and Jewish) so that he can cross genres.
"Bruno Mars 100% is a cultural appropriator. He is not black, at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to cross genres," writer and activist Seren Sensei said. "What Bruno Mars does, is he takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it. 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."
While some on Twitter supported this ridiculous line of SJW posturing accusing a man of racially-exploiting black music just because he does not "recreate" the sound, several prominent celebrities from Charlie Wilson to Shaun King came to his defense:
Also, Mars has appropriated nothing without giving credit where credit is due. Here's what he said in a 2017 interview with Latina magazine: "When you say 'black music,' understand that you are talking about rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop and Motown. Black people created it all. Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland [Africa]. So, in my world, black music means everything. It's what gives America its swag."