John Mayer (a possible future grownup) gave a tearful apology during his Nashville concert last Wednesday after backlash concerning his stream of consciousness playboy interview.
The interview (which can be viewed here in full at playboy.com) features Mayer using the n-word while talking about his “hood-pass”, refers to a certain body part of his as a white supremacist, and says some less than nice things about his ex girlfriends Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston. Mayer also apologized via his twitter account, saying:
“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”
Where was John’s publicist? Did anybody know the questions that would be asked in his interview? Did anybody go over what he planned on saying? As a fan of John Mayer’s music (emphasis on music), I find it sad that being talented may not be enough to make it big these days, that being shocking and inappropriate is the edge you need to make it far in the music industry. I think his apology was genuine but I’m not sure why he would think it was in good humor to make comments that would alienate some of his fans. I don’t think his intention was to sound like a homophobic-racist-chauvinist… but I think it’s safe to say he did. My advice to Mayer: more guitar playing, less talking, and revocation of hood-pass!