Thursday, February 11, 2010

John Mayer Stop Talking, Stick To Singing...

Right in the middle of Black History Month John Mayer's recent interview with Playboy presents a perfect opportunity to address some things concerning race. However, I'm not on the "he's a racist" band wagon as many bloggers seem to be. He's just not as smart as I gave him credit for being. Here's the first quote from the article that proves it:
MAYER: I am a very…I’m just very. V-E-R-Y. And if you can’t handle very, then I’m a douche bag. But I think the world needs a little very. That’s why black people love me.
Really? John just because you've collaborated musically with a couple of black entertainers doesn't mean black people love you. Dude, don't get it twisted! Jay-Z, Common, Alicia Keys, etc don't represent ALL black people. Thanks to your work with them, you now may get some attention in black entertainment circles, but check the demographics on your record sells. Who's financially supporting you and who's pimping you to obtain more crossover appeal? I'm NOT saying the black artists you've worked with have used you, but in the business of show things aren't always what they seem.

That said, until YOU hit the top of the R&B charts, earn the cover of a black magazine (Ebony, Essence, Jet), get invited to perform at The Apollo, receive a high honor from a historical black organization, help pass some Civil Rights legislation, see your face on bootleg t-shirts for sell in "the hood" as you put it next to Obama, Malcolm, Martin, Biggie, or Tupac our love is ON HOLD and so is your invitation to any black family reunion.

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. I’m going to start dating separately from my dick.
READ CAREFULLY PEOPLE! HE DID NOT SAY, "YES!". He responded to the question, not answered it. So don't let the wording of the article fool you into thinking Mayer got it like that with black women, despite how much he THINKS we love him.

In regards to his penis, just a few years ago he was quoted in Rolling Stone saying his "'Lil' John" was a Dominican that wore "shoes with no socks", but now it's David Duke and only screams "Yeyah!" at white women. Well, as a Grammy winning musician when your penis and where it's been becomes more of a talking point than your music, there's a problem unless you're vying for porn job.

And if white women is what his 'Lil' John is attracted to so damn what, people! Aren't most black women attracted to black men? Is that a surprise to any damn body? Yet despite our proclivities, we will share our ho-clivities (that's my word) to anyone of any race we choose anytime, anyplace. I'm willing to bet Mayer will do the same.

Without argue, his reference to white supremacy was just damn stupid! However, to Mayer's credit he seemingly wants to follow his heart despite what his penis says. I say, "Go 'head then, Monster's Ball!"

MAYER: I always thought Holly Robinson Peete was gorgeous. Every white dude loved Hilary from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And Kerry Washington. She’s superhot, and she’s also white-girl crazy. Kerry Washington would break your heart like a white girl. Just all of a sudden she’d be like, “Yeah, I sucked his dick. Whatever.” And you’d be like, “What? We weren’t talking about that.” That’s what “Heartbreak Warfare” is all about, when a girl uses jealousy as a tactic.
And just how well does Mayer REALLY know Washington to speak about her that way publicly? That ain't right! Did they even date?
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.’"

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.

It seems to me an edit has been made in this part. When asked about working with rappers, he responds with "What is being black?" Why is there nothing in the response that corresponds directly to the question like "working with Common was", or "I love Hip Hop?" Have pieces of this interview been put together like a puzzle to make things sound worse? Ponder that!

Regardless, I THINK I get what Mayer is saying. To him a "hood pass" would allow him to be treated like a "nigger"--discriminated against based purely on his race. And a REAL hood pass would give him the permission to refer to us or himself as a "nigger" when amongst us. If so, then Mayer is probably just saying what he's seen us do and what we know to be true amongst us culturally, and especially in the Hip Hop community. He was just dumb enough to say it publicly.

However, being black is NOT synonymous with being "ghetto" nor "hood". Every black person in this country didn't grow up poor or come from the ghetto, catch a case, or come from a struggling single parent home. And certainly NOT every black person sees himself or herself as a "nigger" despite what you may see and hear.

That last quote of Mayer's seems to make him understand that just a little. It's what people attach to being black is the problem not being black itself. So that quote is what keeps me from saying, "He's a racist!". He's misguided if anything, especially by those black people he claims love him so much. They didn't school him properly and let him think saying the "N" word in any forum was okay.

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