Bruno Mars defends himself against cultural appropriation accusations

In an interview with The Breakfast Club on Friday, the Grammy acclaimed artist stated, “You can’t find an interview where I haven’t talked about the entertainers who have come before me. The only reason I’m here is because of James Brown, Prince, Michael.”

“This music comes from love and if you can’t hear that, I don’t know what to tell you,” he included.

Mars — who was born to a Filipino mom and a half Puerto-Rican, half Ashkenazi Jewish daddy — went on to discuss that artists gain from artists who have actually come prior to them and likens utilizing those artists as motivation to professional athletes utilizing NBA legend Michael Jordan as a plan for their athletic professions.

In the past, stars have actually voiced their assistance for Mars and his music, however these allegations of culture appropriation have actually followed Mars for several years.

In 2018, author and activist Seren Sensei stated in a video that Mars “plays up his racial ambiguity to cross genres.”

After Bruno Mars is accused of cultural appropriation, black celebrities come to his defense

“What Bruno Mars does, is he takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it,” Sensei stated. “He does not create it, he does not improve upon it, he does not make it better.”

Interview host Charlamagne tha God pushed Mars on whether this criticism ever gets to him.

“It comes with the gig,” Mars stated. “There’s real merit to what people are saying about Black entertainers not getting their flowers.”

Mars shared that he uses his heart on his sleeve and hopes other artists will take motivation from his work the method he’s taken motivation from others.

“I hope that later on, down the road, there’s going to be a band that’s taking what we did and flipping that, and freaking that, and putting their own spin on it — because if they don’t, then what was the point of us doing this?”

CNN’s Deena Zaru added to this report.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.