Latest target of the "cultural appropriation" police: Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars performs a tribute to Prince at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

Is Bruno Mars a cultural appropriator or an appreciator of black music?

The brouhaha started over the weekend with the publication of a video rant in which a black writer and activist accused Mars of ripping off the cultural heritage of black musicians.

The comments sparked a fierce debate on Twitter between those who agreed with Sensei and others who leaped to defend Mars.

The 43-year-old went on to explain the difference between appropriation and influence, "Influence.INFLUENCE.for all the kids that grew up with me in the era of post-segregation, for every 40-year-old White, Puerto Rican, Asian, and any other ethnicity you can think of.to know about all the same music from Das Efx, To New Edition, To Guns and Roses", he wrote.

Bruno Mars is now at the centre of ongoing debate online after being accused of being a "cultural appropriator". "This is a Sociology study on influence and exposure", he questioned.

Grammy-nominated rapper Rapsody also showed support towards Mars, tweeting "Keep making that funky ish, @BrunoMars!" on her account. She expressed these points in a two-minute clip excerpted from the YouTube series, which explores African-American issues, that has since gone viral on its own.

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For the umpteenth time, Bruno Mars is being accused of cultural appropriation.

Furthermore, people were quick to add that Mars has frequently given credit to black-dominated genres, like funk and soul, and its musicians for allowing him to perform.

"He takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it", he adds, before comparing the '24K Magic' star to his self-confessed inspirations Michael Jackson and Prince.

'He does not create it, he does not improve upon it, he does not make it better.

"For the current haters, I'll say this: Bruno with this album helped bring back the classic New Jack / R&B sound to the masses when it was left for dead years ago". She even goes as far as saying that the Finesse singer is "unoriginal", calling him "a karaoke artist", "a wedding singer", and "the person you hire to do Michael Jackson and Prince covers".

Along with celebrities speaking up, waves of fans have come to Mars' defense on social media as well.

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