February 14, 2010

John Mayer Playboy Interview, N-Word Scandal

John Mayer took his fast talking ways too far this week, with a Playboy interview that offended many fans, especially with his comments about Black people that included usage of the N-Word as well as graphic descriptions of his lack of interest in Black women.

Mayer has cine apologized on twitter, and on stage at a concert in Nashville soon after the intervew was released online. He broke down in tears at the concert, thanking his predominantly Black band for standing by him as he performed, and vowing never to play "the soundbyte game" again. But not everyone is satisfied with the apology, and it may be a long time before some of his fans get over the shock of his careless remarks. His rather disrespectful comments about the women in his life also raised eyebrows.

John Mayer seemed to be sincerely sorry for his actions, and as a very smart young performer who just needs to sort things out and keel learning, maybe this will be a good lesson for him in the long run.

John Mayer Playboy Interview, N-Word Scandal

AS JOHN Mayer's racially-charged comments in Playboy magazine ricocheted around the Internet this week, I found myself exhausted by the sad reality that the national dialogue on race remains driven by the engine of celebrity gaffes and gotcha moments. Our voracious, ADHD-afflicted news cycle castigates, forgives, and forgets at a rate that precludes sustained discussion, so expect Mayer to spend a week with his head on the chopping block and then jog away, rubbing his neck, to join Chris Matthews, Harry Reid, Michael Richards, Geraldine Ferraro, Don Imus, and John Rocker on the list of figures whose shocking transgressions have faded to dim memories...

John Mayer Playboy Interview, N-Word Scandal

Posted at February 14, 2010 4:19 AM