In Defense Of John Mayer; N-Word & Black Women In Playboy Interview
So twitter has gone crazy with people calling John Mayer a racist because he used the “n-word”. He didn’t call anyone the “n-word”, he used the word to describe the absurdity of the words “hood pass”. Today, he is the poster boy for racism, and if you don’t see him as a racist, then there must be something wrong with you. There is something clearly wrong with me because I don’t see it as racist, offensive maybe. So here is what he said in a Playboy Interview regarding black women, and the words “hood pass”:
Do black women throw themselves at you?
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.
On black people loving him:
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.’”
I guess there is something wrong with me, because I am not taking the bait. I appreciate his remarks because it’s a great opportunity to prove we are not in a post-racial era where people can freely talk about race. I also appreciate it because it shows the hypocrisy of the word. Are his words offensive, sure it can be, but are they racist, I guess it depends on your definition.
If your definition is that anyone who uses the “n-word” is racist, then I guess he is. But, if you’re asking was his intent or meaning of the words racist, then my answer is NO! I guess when David Chapelle does it in a skit, it’s just pure comedy, but when John Mayer does in a playboy interview, it’s seriously outrageous.
BTW, he issued this apology. Did he really need to apologize?
I am sorry that I used the word. And it’s 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. And while I’m using today for looking at myself under harsh light, I think it’s time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews…It started as an attempt to not let the waves of criticism get to me, but it’s gotten out of hand and I’ve created somewhat of a monster.