NON-BLACK BRUNO MARS ATTACKED FOR APPROPRIATING BLACK MUSIC FOR MONEY, ERASING BLACK PEOPLE FROM INDUSTRY
- Jenn Jackson: Bruno Mars is a non-Black person of color (POC) who has recently decided that singing Funk music is economically productive. His role in the industry erases Black people.
A bitter Washington Post writer Jenn M. Jackson has had enough of people praising non-black Bruno Mars for ‘appropriating’ black culture and funk music and making money from it. NOTE: black women with straight hair, isn’t that a cultural appropriation?
Bruno Mars is half-Filipino from his mother, half Puerto Rican-Jew from his father side( His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish descent (from Ukraine and Hungary), and is originally from Brooklyn, New York). Mars real name is
Peter Gene Hernandez was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, by a family of musicians . Mars began making music at a young age and performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood.
Last Sunday, before the “24K Magic” singer even took the stage at the 2017 BET Awards Sunday night, Jackson fired off a tweet criticizing Mars:
“I really need y’all to stop with this Bruno Mars praise and be more critical about the ways we understand appropriation,”
She followed with more loony tweets, accusing Mars of using funk music for money while erasing black people from the industry:
- He is a non-Black person of color (POC) who has recently decided that singing Funk music is economically productive
- Listen, you can like Bruno Mars’s music and still be critical about how his role in the industry erases Black people. Then and now.
- Taking our shit and repackaging it for white people is not innovation. Even if these non-Black ppl sing well, it’s appropriation. Period.
- In Bruno’s case, ‘bringing Funk back’ essentially means, “Funk was a Black thing and now I gave it to white people.” That’s appropriation.
- Yes, he gives “credit” to Funk artists on occasion. He also has a primarily white audience which has no memory or care for Black artists