Bruno Mars accused of cultural appropriation


Bruno Mars was the subject of heated Twitter discourse this weekend, after he was accused of cultural appropriation.

The ‘Finesse’ star came under fire as part of a online roundtable discussion, which saw writer Seren Sensei hit out at Mars for appropriating black music. The video quickly ent viral, racking up over 3 million views.

“Bruno Mars 100% is a cultural appropriator,” Sensei says in the video. “He is not black, at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to cross genres… because people have realised 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.” Watch the video below.

Despite collaborating with a number of African-American artists, Mars himself was born in Honolulu to a half-Puerto Rican and half-Ashkenazi Jewish father and a Filipino mother.