Hmm, there is a thin line between appreciation and appropriation — hence, the often ‘blurred lines.’ It’s all another sad symptom of the continual effects of racism, oppression, historic erasure of Black peoples contributions to music and just the whole Universe. Personally, I feel Bruno Mars has shown appreciation for the genre of music that he puts out here, but there is no doubt for me — that he benefits from ‘white privilege’ privileges in the same way Beyonce benefits from ‘light skinned privilege’. Until the playing field is level for all, this stuff will continue to come under the scrutiny of the side eye. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic Sam.

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