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Bruno Mars responds to cultural appropriation accusations

Bruno Mars sounded off on claims he’s been profiting off of Black culture.

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For years, Bruno Mars has been the topic of recurrent debates discussing whether or not he’s a cultural appropriator. The Hawaiian artist has been accused by some music fans for thriving off of Black culture, while others have been confused by the claims as the racially ambiguous singer is still a person of color.

On Friday (March 5), Bruno made an appearance on “The Breakfast Club” where he was asked about his thoughts on the cultural appropriation allegations.

“You can’t find an interview where I’m not talking about the entertainers that have come before me. The only reason why I’m here is because of James Brown, Prince, Michael [Jackson]. That’s the only reason why I’m here,” he said.

“I’m growing up as a kid watching Bobby Brown and saying, ‘Well, if that’s what it takes to make it, then I’ve got to learn how to do the running man. I’ve got to learn how to do the moonwalk.’ That’s it. And this music comes from love. If you can’t hear that, then I don’t know what to tell you.”

The “Please Me” vocalist explained that paying homage is a way of carrying on one’s legacy, sharing hopes that Silk Sonic’s influence will be heard in future records. ”What was the point of us doing this?” he asked, noting that it’s normal for a basketball player to mimic Michael Jordan’s moves because “he showed you how to do it.”

Ultimately, Bruno is unbothered by the online criticism. “I understand. It’s just Twitter, man,” he concluded.

Following a musical hiatus, the 24K Magic star made his comeback on Friday (March 5) alongside Anderson .Paak, his band member in the newly-formed group Silk Sonic. “Leave the Door Open” is the first single of their forthcoming album, which will be released on an undisclosed date.

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