John Mayer Not a Racist, Just a Guy Who Says Stupid Things
By PopEater Staff Posted Feb 12th 2010 01:30PM
"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 n**** pass. Why are you pulling a punch and calling it a hood pass if you really have a hood pass? But I said, 'I can't really have a hood pass' I've never walked into a restaurant, asked for a table and been told, 'We're full.'" he said. After the article came out, Mayer frantically apologized on his Twitter account.
"Re: using the 'N word' in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word. And it's such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself. It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize using it, because I realize that there's no intellectualizing a word that is so emotionally charged," he tweeted.
But is Mayer really racist? Or just a fool who shoots his mouth off too much?
At a concert, Mayer offered his apologies again for using the racial slur. "I went as I've begun to do, into a wormhole of selfishness and greed and arrogance, thinking that if I just continued to be witty and pull together the most fast phrases that I could, that I could be clever enough to buy myself another day without thinking that anybody had finally pinned me down and said, 'you're a creep.'"
We actually believe he's sorry. While his actions were certainly misguided, he didn't use the word as a name-calling tactic.
This isn't the first time Mayer's verbal diarrhea caused trouble. In fact, in the very same interview, he described former flame Jessica Simpson as "sexual napalm." Eek. Clearly, Mayer likes to kiss and tell.
He also dished on his breakup with Jennifer Aniston. "We just have a regard for each other's feelings that is pretty intense. It's been a deep relationship, and it's no longer taking place at all. Have you ever loved somebody, loved her completely, but had to end the relationship for life reasons?"
He then went on to talk about his penis in an unflattering light: "My d*** is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a David Duke c***. I'm going to start dating separately from my d***."
But the 'Your Body Is a Wonderland' singer is no stranger to saying other dumb things.
This gem was attributed to him by the New York Post. "When I get married that's gonna be my vows, 'Do you, John Mayer, take this woman to have and to hold, to wear her ass like headgear?' Yes, I do -- you're the one whose ass I wanna wear like a hat for the rest of my life."
Oh yeah, and he thinks he knows what could have saved Tiger Woods. "If Tiger Woods only knew when to j*** off. It has a true market value, like gold bullion," Mayer told Rolling Stone. Masturbation is always fair game for John.
He also admitted to the music mag that all his dreams about sex include the paparazzi. "I have not had a woman appear in my dreams sexually without a paparazzi in the dream too. I can't even have a wet dream without having to explain to someone who's grinding on me, 'We can't do this right now, because there's a guy over there taking pictures.' I don't know how much further I can do this before I'm a dead body on the side of the road."
Back in October, after reports that he called a New York Magazine reporter a "moron" and said he wanted to "forcefully sodomize" her editor, he warned us that he didn't want to be misquoted. "I'm going to walk around with a little tape recorder from now on. It won't have any batteries or anything in it. I'm just going to walk around with it. You can get away with more."
Well, maybe instead of worrying about your words being taken out of context, why don't you just worry about what you're actually saying.
Of course, we don't condone the usage of the N-word -- even if he was trying to intellectualize it, as he claims. But Mayer doesn't strike us as a racist, just a blabbermouth who doesn't know when to shut up.
Like Kanye West, whose made a name for himself by spouting his mouth off, Mayer should disappear for a while. After West interrupted Taylor Swift's Best Female Video acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs, he made several public apologies and a few personal ones to Swift, then promptly fell off the face of the Earth, hopefully to return with another great album.
Which is exactly what Mayer needs to do. Go away for a while, come back and play the guitar. Counseling may not really be an option, as he knows "they don't make rehab centers for being an a**hole."
In the end, his words were racist, but we don't think he himself is.
TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 05: John Mayer performs during a concert at the St. Pete Times Forum on February 5, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Mayer
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