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John Mayer's Racist Remarks

Celebrity vs. Artist: Where Did John Mayer Go Wrong?

John Mayer broke onto the scene as the real deal. He could rock the guitar, write his own songs, and took his indie-rock career to the big time by harnessing the power of the Internet. After years of boy bands, he was change the mainstream music scene could believe in. We welcomed him.

But sometime between when he hit our radars in 2002 and now — I'm going to say around 2006 when he tried his mic at stand-up comedy and made his first (documented) racist joke — he became more interested in shocking his way into our minds than strumming his way into our hearts. Four years and countless oversharey blog posts and tweets, increasingly bizarre interviews, and revolving-door romances later, he's become better known for his antics than his art.

After the Internet blew up yesterday in response to his racist comments in a Playboy interview, he apologized last night at a Nashville concert, and said he's quitting the media. "I should have just given that up and played the guitar," he said onstage. "I decided I would try to be as clever as possible all the time, and I did that at the expense of people that I love and that feels absolutely terrible. . . . It's just not worth being clever. I quit the media game. I'm out. I'm done. I just want to play my guitar."

Yes, John! Just play your guitar. Maybe it's harder to see when you're caught in the storm instead of watching it on the Internet, but that's what I've been thinking all along. I can understand reality stars relishing every second — and dollar — of their 15 minutes, but why do people with real talent mix fame with art?

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sloane220 sloane220 7 years
neferteri-maybe we all have biases and prejudices to a certain extent, but racism is a system of oppression and basically boils down to power+prejudice=racism. no has has the social power of white people, particularly white men like john mayer. white men can use their prejudice and biases to negatively affect other people's lives like no one else. people of color cannot be racist. bringing up david duke and white supremacy in reference to the thought of dating black women IS NOT tame. do you realize that the kkk and white supremacists made a sport of burning black people alive, cutting off body parts and keeping them as souvenirs? please read up on lynching. it's like automatically thinking of the hitler and nazi's if someone asks you about dating jewish women. it's not something a person's mind would automatically jump to they don't have racist inclinations and they are just merely stating their preferences. the last "official" lynching happened 12 years ago. there are still some places in this country where it is totally unsafe for black people to go. this is because of white supremacy. you don't joke around about that sh*t. john mayer has ALWAYS dated white women and nobody gave a damn before, what many people had a problem with was the racist, disrespectful, and debasing way he talked about black women. he didn't get caught up; his entitled, ridiculous ass got himself caught up and he needs to be held accountable for what he said and what it implies about his charecter.
Neferteri Neferteri 7 years
Yeah John is a racist and so are ALL of us in some form or another. I think he just got caught up like so many celebes do who live in his world. In regards to his comments I think the stuff about black people was pretty tame. The way I read it, he was just basically saying he's not black and will never experience the world the way black people do. As for his comments about black women, I think he was just stating his preference for women with "porcelain" skin as he sang about in "Your Body is a Wonderland." I personally think black women are the most beautiful exotic creatures on earth and John Mayer has to a right to his desires. His loss I think but hey I have to applaud the man for being honest enough to state his preference. He probably could have done it in a way that did not make him look like such a racist but I ultimately think he was poking fun at his own inability to approach and possibly be intimate with a black female for whatever reasons. Anyway, I Iove his music! "Clarity" is one of my all time favorite songs and videos. Let's hope he gets back to making great music. And hey John..let me know how it goes when you start dating separately from your d**k and finally realize just how beautiful black women are and how there's a lot more similarities between blacks and whites then there are differences.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
john mayer is a self-centered,racist, misogynistic piece of s**t. as a person of color i take plenty of offense to him comparing his dick to the kkk. the kkk is a band of murdering terrorists who hung black people from trees and burned black people alive. why WOULDN'T anyone someone get upset if he's bringing up the kkk in reference to the idea of dating black women? if he wasn't a such racist sh*tbag, what he would've said in response to that incredibly loaded and ridiculous question was "i've never had the opportunity to date black women." the end. no one would have been mad at him. (who was the interviewer anyway? he seemed just as racist and clueless as john mayer with the "hood pass" question and the "black women throwing themselves at you" question) and the way he talked about kerry washington...ugh. i mean wtf, does he know her personally? because why the f**k was he insinuating that she is sexually licentious,(which is a common stereotype about black women)just randomly sucking men's d**ks? and she would "break your heart like a white girl"? what the hell does that even mean? that she couldn't break your heart as she is, a black girl, because black women aren't REAL women, like white women, worthy of getting upset over? he's just a racist pig, and he should shut it up.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 7 years
He's a huge douche and I wish he'd just fade away. I never liked his music and his attitude and comments are even worse.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Dear John, Shut up. Sincerely, 90% of women.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
That'll do, Anonymous. That'll do.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
He needs to go pitch a tent on someone else's vagina.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I don't see it either betty kraker...IMO if anything it's self deprecating racism and as person of color I take no offense.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
i don't see whats wrong with him saying I'm not posing i got a standard white boy issue
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I think John is a complicated and brilliant man...and as with most complicatedly brilliant he rubs some people the wrong way at the wrong time. IMO his only crime is honesty which is ironic in a society where the majority of pop culture says if you're a celebrity we have a right to dig into your life all we want. But when it's served up on a silver platter for all to see we're some how insulted because the joy of finding one's secrets for tabloid was stolen from us.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
When you put yourself too out there people tend to lose the respect for you. Yea, it is true that there is not such thing as bad publicity, but it is better to be know for your music than for your comments or the stupid things you do. People get sick and stop taking them serious.
ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 7 years
I can't stand John Mayer. His music is all right...but his whole racist comment has just completely turned me off. Your a pig John Mayer, and you're not that great. Get over yourself.
chillchic chillchic 7 years
He is always trying to be witty and clever, which would work except for the fact that he's not witty or clever. Note to the John Mayer's of the world: When some asks you a question, just answer the question, don't veer off and try to get cute or it will turn ugly
a-million-suns a-million-suns 7 years
I don't understand why people like him at all. I don't even like his music. And like tlsgirl said, he's a huge tool.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
He's such a huge tool. I don't understand why women still find him attractive.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I think the line can be easily blurred. But there is a huge difference between success and fame. Fame is a whole other monster.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
He went wrong when he opened his mouth to talk.
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