Stevie Wonder Defends Bruno Mars Over “Bulls**t” Cultural Appropriation Accusations

Stevie Wonder Defends Bruno Mars Over “Bulls**t” Cultural Appropriation Accusations
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Bruno Mars was at the center of a cultural appropriation debate. Ignited by web series, “The Grapevine,” the singer’s name trended on social media after a video began circulating, in which the host, Sensei Aishitemasu argued that Mars is “100 percent a cultural appropriator” who “plays up his racial ambiguity to…cross genres.” A source close to Mars reported that he was shocked when he learned of the accusations. The source explained, “It saddened him that people would argue over his success as a musician or attack him for appropriating, manipulating, or misrepresenting a culture. His motivations and goals has always been to bring people together with love through his music, not to divide.”

TMZ caught up with Stevie Wonder as he was leaving Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills Saturday (March 17) and asked him his thoughts on the accusation. “Here’s the thing, God created music for all of us to enjoy,” Wonder said while zipping up his coat. “So we cannot limit ourselves by people’s fears and insecurities. He’s a great talent, so all the other stuff is just bulls---. He was inspired by great musicians and great artists and songwriters. So it’s cool.”