Published Feb 11, 2010Who says John Mayer can't get stoned, or, for example, use the N-word, compare his "struggle" to that of African-Americans, or call his penis a "white supremacist"? Well, essentially everyone, it turns out.
That's right. As the Guardian reports, the pop troubadour has publicly apologized after he did all three in a recent interview with Playboy.
The apology followed the outcry by a number of fellow musicians and celebrities after Mayer told the magazine that "someone asked me the other day, 'What does it feel like now to have a hood pass?' And by the way, it's sort of a contradiction in terms, because if you really had a hood pass, you could call it a nigger pass."
We're going to avoid asking how in the hell John Mayer ever even earned a "hood pass" to bring you the rest of what Mayer said in that same interview, including his posing of the question, "What is being black?" Well, as Mayer himself answered, "It's making the most of your life, not taking a single moment for granted. Taking something that's seen as a struggle and making it work for you, or you'll die inside. Not to say that my struggle is like the collective struggle of black America. But maybe my struggle is similar to one black dude's."
When the interviewer asked Mayer whether "black women throw themselves" at him, Mayer responded in a similarly baffling manner: "I don't think I open myself to it. My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a fuckin' David Duke cock. I'm going to start dating separately from my dick."
In response to Mayer's outrageous claims, various celebrities have come out against the singer, including Ice-T, Margaret Cho and Talib Kweli, who tweeted that "John Mayer must love the taste of his own foot."
In effort to calm the backlash, Mayer has since posted statement on Twitter: "Re: Using the 'N word' in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word. And it's a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was the exact opposite spirit of the word itself. It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualise using it, because I realise there's no intellectualising a word that is so emotionally charged."
Then, according to Canoe, Mayer broke down mid-song at his show in Nashville on Wednesday (February 10), and tearfully claimed that "I quit the media game. I'm out. I'm done being clever, I just wanna go back to playing my guitar."
Since then, he has tweeted a follow-up statement: "I just wanted to play the guitar for people. Everything else just sort of popped up and I improvised, and kept doubling down on it... They don't make rehab centres for being an a-hole."
But if they did, who says Mayer couldn't be admitted?
You can hear Mayer feeling sorry for himself/apologizing for his actions below: