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John Mayer Uncut

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I know someone commented on John Mayer’s recent remarks in another post, but some serious mistakes he made in his comments seem to have been censored out in that post. I understand that his sexual comments were seriously offensive to the black community, the female community, and any combination thereof, but prior to these statements he made these comments earlier on in the interview:

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****r 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.

First of all, the sexual comments that he made were made in a Playboy interview, and I don’t know if their interviewers encourage disgusting comments or not, even though this would still not make his comments excusable. However, it seems to me that (on a level more easily related to racist intentions) John Mayer made the classic mistake of thinking that just because he has good relationships with multiple African Americans it would be okay to use the one word that would jeopardize those relationships the most. I understand his wit, and generally enjoy it, but in this particular instance it was unneeded. I also think that his “What is being black?” synopsis is ridiculous, especially coming from someone who is white, and whether he thought what he was saying was wrong or not it could easily be misconstrued or taken as offensive by many people.

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Written by iAnsw3R

February 21, 2010 at 4:45 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I hadn’t read any of the interview that had been in the news, all I had known was that he had pissed off alot of people, didn’t really realize that he had said some racists things, and generally think that is wrong. He must have thought that since it was playboy, that no respectible institution would have gotten word of the interview, however what he doesn’t realize is that if it is in print somewhere it can potentially move all over the world. But this also raises the issue, Is it acceptable for African Americans to openly use the N word as well, if so, do you think that John Mayer was trying to include himeself into the African American subset?

    matthewcel

    February 21, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  2. Saying the N word doesn’t make you Black anymore than “dressing” Black and “speaking” Black do. It will, however make you look like a racist idiot when you try. And maybe I could believe Mayor was simply trying to make a point if he hadn’t said some other idiotic things, such as that his penis was a white supremest and just didn’t like Black women. If you want to be included or accepted by African Americans, this is probably the worst possible way to do it.

    mzlisarenee

    February 22, 2010 at 6:08 am

  3. John Mayer always says the most outrages, weird things so honestly, I’m surprised but at the same time not surprised and I know that sounds confusing but that’s just John Mayer

    alyssa1965

    February 25, 2010 at 5:13 am


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