Mars was the subject of heated online discussion last week after writer Seren Sensei accused the star of appropriating black music. The original video that featured Sensei’s criticism went viral, racking up over 3 million views.
Despite collaborating with a number of African-American artists, Mars himself was born in Honolulu to a half-Puerto Rican and half-Ashkenazi Jewish father and a Filipino mother.
Wonder has now defended Mars against the claims, telling TMZ: “Here’s the thing, God created music for all of us to enjoy. So we cannot limit ourselves by people’s fears and insecurities.”
“He’s a great talent, so all the other stuff is just bullshit,” Wonder added. “He was inspired by great musicians and great artists and songwriters. So that’s good.”
You can watch the original viral clip below.
“Bruno Mars 100% is a cultural appropriator,” Sensei says in the video. “He is not black, at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to cross genres… because people have realised that they prefer their black music and their black culture from a non-black face… we have artists now that are much more willing to step into black genres.”
Mars recently called for the NFL to organise a hip-hop halftime show next year, featuring performances from the likes of Lil Jon, Outkast and Gucci Mane. He appealed to the NFL on Twitter after it was announced that the 2019 Super Bowl will be held in Atlanta.
The city is widely considered to be the modern home of hip-hop in America and the home city of artists including Migos, Gucci Mane, and Outkast.
Posting on Twitter, Mars wrote: “@NFL you have the opportunity to celebrate incredible Hip Hop Artist from Atlanta next year”.
He added: “Outkast. T.I Gucci, lil jon, Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri just to name a few. it would be the best party Tv has ever seen!”