You know the old saying: it takes one awshit to wipe out a 1000 attaboys. And musician John Mayer has had so many backslappers: the drop-dead-funny spots on The Dave Chappelle Show, playing a beautiful rendition of “Human Nature” for Michael Jackson’s funeral, and being respected as a true musician by music fans and critics everywhere.
But then Mr. Mayer had one hell of a slip up in a recent Playboy interview. An excerpt:
“…I come on very strong…. That’s why black people love me….. 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.'”
Uh huh. Then this part:
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.
Mayer, right now the only cock is the one posing below. Have your fans and followers forgiven you?
John Mayer for Details Magazine
After what was said, do you think it’s a big deal? Even though John Mayer sat down with Playboy to talk about music, relationships, and Jennifer Aniston, somewhere in there the N-word, a black pass, and a reference to KKK member David Duke got tossed in.
At a recent show in Nashville, TN John Mayer stood and gave one of the many apologies I’m sure he’s gonna have to make in front of what looked to be a sold out crowd. What was powerful was that some of his singers were black, and as I watched them listening to what John was saying, I could feel the power of forgiveness becoming manifest. That’s what Martin Luther King would have wanted, I imagine. Malcolm X, maybe not so much… how I wish those two were here to see what goes on today! But I digress.
Can Mayer win your heart and your dollar back?
This brings up another point; Mayer needs to realize exactly how alienated and underappreciated the black woman is. It ain’t hard to see if you watch close enough in society. In commercials, movies, advertisements, they are largely under-represented compared to women of other nationalities.
If Mayer (and he might now) took the time to think about this before talking, he surely wouldn’t have stuck a KKK reference and “n*gger pass” in the same comment. Cause then that makes me think of this…
David Duke at a Klan rally in Euless, Texas in June, 1979
It’s hard, but I’m beginning to think we as African Americans have to try and stop using the N-word too (insert Jesse Jackson’s applause here). It just confuses some other races as to why they can’t use it but we can.
So what do you think, reader? Have you forgiven Mayer? Disagree with anything I’ve said? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments!