You have probably already heard or read John Mayer’s interview with Playboy. If you didn’t, here is just an excerpt of what’s on the mind of Mr. Mayer. I guess since it’s Black History Month he needed to do his part. Read on…
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 nigger 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 fuckin’ David Duke cock. I’m going to start dating separately from my dick.
PLAYBOY: Let’s put some names out there. Let’s get specific.
MAYER: I always thought Holly Robinson Peete was gorgeous. Every white dude loved Hilary from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And Kerry Washington. She’s superhot, and she’s also white-girl crazy. Kerry Washington would break your heart like a white girl. Just all of a sudden she’d be like, “Yeah, I sucked his dick. Whatever.” And you’d be like, “What? We weren’t talking about that.” That’s what “Heartbreak Warfare” is all about, when a girl uses jealousy as a tactic.
I”m going to say this with love because that’s the only way I know how to do it, but John epitomizes the covert racism that sits in the bloodstream of most people in this country. Covert, because up until today most of his fans probably never thought Mr. Mayer was a racist. And that’s exactly what he is. People typically say things they feel or believe in. The fact that he was so at ease with expressing this to an outlet as large as Playboy Magazine really shows his true colors. Imagine what he’s saying in the privacy of his four walls with his closest friends.
I”m not a racist so I don’t go around calling white people “crackers”. I don’t go around giving silent “shout outs” to Hitler. I don’t go around making statements that inflict pain, induce inferiority and offend people of a certain race or ethnicity BECAUSE THAT’S NOT HOW I FEEL. There was absolutely no reason or basis for his response which makes the comments even that much worse. Honestly, he really could have just said “my preference is not black women” and I could have respected him. But you couldn’t do that could you John? Since your duets and performances with the likes of Common, Kanye and Jay-Z, you probably obtained a huge new black following. The same black following that probably made purchases of your cd. The same black following that you probably offended in some way with this interview. So Mr. Mayer, you and that proverbial “hood pass” and your “David Duke dick” just lost a fan. I thoroughly enjoyed your music and actually just made a purchase on iTunes the other week which I will try to return. I also had 2 of your CD’s in my iTunes “Wish List” that I will remove. I guess that’s your loss.*shrugs*