Let’s stop praising celebrities like Bruno Mars

Ban Bruno Mars

Music can easily mask the message of a song.

“I don’t even listen to the lyrics. I just listen to this song for the music.”

But you can still hear the singer’s words.

For example, Bruno Mars makes some funky music that gets stuck in your head. I admit, he’s a good pop songwriter, technically speaking.

But what he writes about is crude and objectifies women. And we should stop praising him and other celebrities who turn human beings into objects.

Here are just a few examples of why we should stop lauding Mars.

He objectifies women in his lyrics

It’s just too easy to find Bruno Mars lyrics that turn women into sexual objects, rather than a complex, multi-layered human being.

In his song “Calling All My Lovelies,” his opening lyrics give you an idea of the song’s direction (if the title didn’t already):

I got too many girls on hold for you to be so bold

Too many on my team for you to act so mean

You say you wanna go and have fun, well you ain’t the only one

If I ring, don’t let it ring too long or I’m gone


As if women are just a new product he can pick up whenever he wants.

In “That’s What I Like,” he invites a female’s body — specifically — to a condo to spend time with him. The song is all about him getting what he wants from her.

In the songs “Treasure” and “24K Magic,” he shows that he views women as things intended for his pleasure rather than people.

Like I said, it’s too easy to find lyrics of his that do this. (And I’d like to point out that Mars’ songwriting team for these songs is made up of only men).

He objectifies women in his videos

The official music video for Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” which Mars co-wrote and sings in, is one example of Mars involvement in encouraging the objectification of women.

The video shows fully dressed men observing and approving of scantily clad women. The website Pop Primer pointed out all of the “headless women” in the video, including “the legs lady,” “the boobs woman,” and “the whole package woman.”

Sadly, a male writer for Forbes said of the video: “[It’s] filled with all things the luxurious life brings with it, such as designer clothes, fancy cars, and private jets.”

The writer didn’t lump women into that list, but they are undoubtedly insinuated.

He’s not the only one

Clearly, this is how he truly views women — as objects meant to satisfy his desires.

And he’s not the only male musician or celebrity to objectify women — he’s just an example. He and many other well-known men contribute to the ongoing degradation of women.

But I say we start with Mars — let’s stop buying, streaming, and sharing his music. Let’s stop going to his concerts.

Let’s just ignore his artistic endeavors until he shows some real change and actual respect for women.

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Caleb J. Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He also blogs about music on his website: calebjmurphy.com