John Mayer Apologizes for Racist Comments in Playboy
Guitarist John Mayer opened himself up to persecution this week when he made some offensive and purportedly racist comments in the current issue of Playboy magazine. The musician -- who has gained himself a reputation for being loose-lipped -- shared a bit too much during his interview, where he talked in detail about his former girlfriends, but most notably made a few unwelcomed comments about black women and his supposed "hood pass."
The 32-year-old musician tried to explain his aversion to dating black women, in what could be described as an attempt at humor. "I don't think I open myself to it," Mayer said. "My d--- is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a f-----' David Duke c---. I'm going to start dating separately from my d---." Mayer then went on to address his lack of a theoretical "hood pass," and crossed a line by using one very loaded word. "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," he said. "Why are you pulling a punch and calling it a 'hood pass' if you really have a 'hood pass'?"
There was instant uproar over Mayer's comment and he's since apologized via Twitter and broke down during a Wednesday night (Feb. 10) show in Nashville, Tenn. "Re: using the 'N word' in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word," he wrote. "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."