John Mayer’s Mouth Is A Wonderland (Of Stupid)
Okay, I don’t think John Mayer is racist. I do, however, think he is unbelievably stupid, even more so than I thought before. Briefly, here is what got the wanton musician in hot water this time. He was interviewed by Playboy magazine, and after the interview started making the internet rounds, people immediately jumped on some pretty racially charged statements. Here is a choice excerpt from Playboy:
PLAYBOY: If you didn’t know you, would you think you’re a douche bag?
MAYER: It depends on what I picked up. My two biggest hits are “Your Body Is a Wonderland” and “Daughters.” If you think those songs are pandering, then you’ll think I’m a douche bag. It’s like I come on very strong. I am a very…I’m just very. V-E-R-Y. And if you can’t handle very, then I’m a douche bag. But I think the world needs a little very. That’s why black people love me.
PLAYBOY: Because you’re very?
MAYER: 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!@#er 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.’”
PLAYBOY: It is true; a lot of rappers love you. You recorded with Common and Kanye West, played live with Jay-Z.
MAYER: What is being black? 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.
PLAYBOY: Do black women throw themselves at you?
MAYER: 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 f@!#in’ David Duke cock. I’m going to start dating separately from my dick.
The whole article is a real treat. Feel free to read it, but I warn you, his hubris will nauseate him. Now, my initial reaction is that he is not racist. Are his comments racist? Absolutely. But I think he is delusional. He mentions early on how black people “love him.” And why wouldn’t they? He is so charming.
I think he believes that he is so admired and loved by the black community that he can say whatever he wants without consequence. He has been disrespectful toward women and homosexuals for years without any repercussions, so why would he think it would be any different in this case? I think he thought his remarks would be hip, cool, and forgotten. I’m pretty sure he was not planning on the shitstorm of controversy and backlash headed his way.
Interestingly, Zennie Abraham from City Lights blog on SFGate points out that many blacks are already giving him a free pass for being a performer. Can you imagine people shrugging off the same comments if Rush Limbaugh made them?
It’s just one more example of an over-indulged and delusional performer developing a God complex, and thinking they can get away with saying anything. Then, they are genuinely shocked when it comes back to bite them on the ass. See also: Kanye West.
Also, what is it with John Mayer speaking of his “struggle” and how it is similar to the black man’s? I would think that blacks would find that offensive as well. At any rate, this is not the first, and it won’t be the last time he says something stupid.
Just for grins, lets take a stroll through the John Mayer stupid comments Hall of Fame.
On girls who blow him off in clubs: ”Blowing me off is the new sucking me off!” via Rolling Stone
After his breakup with Jennifer Aniston: “This heart didn’t come with instructions” via Twitter
On Miley Cyrus quitting Twitter: “She’s smart enough to realize there is some interference of the brain that she doesn’t want to deal with,” and ”I think if you’re in Miley’s situation, it might take a little too much time to play goalie for your own heart and mind.” via People
On Kristen Cavallari romance rumors: “My Milli has never slam danced with her Vanilli” and “I have never Bensoned her Hedges, nor have I attempted to Bartle her James.” via People
When a friend had to have his stomach pumped: ” In triage at Cedars with @robdyrdek. When the contents of his stomach hit that silicon bag and we all saw it, we just broke into appluse. Applause. Shit! Applause”.
1:49 AM Jun 14th from TwitterBerry
The same night, in the bathroom: “The ultimate live tweet: peeing in a club bathroom, but not without facing the mirror and mugging as if to say “hey, you’re doing great.”
1:08 AM Jun 14th from TwitterBerry
On Jessica Simpson: He explained: ‘And drugs aren’t good for you if you do lots of them… Yeah, that girl is like crack cocaine to me. ’Sexually it was crazy. That’s all I’ll say. It was like napalm, sexual napalm. Did you ever say, “I want to quit my life and just f**king snort you?”‘ via Playboy