Byrd's Eye View - John Mayer
John Mayer apologizes for 'Playboy' comments at Nashville concert
At the Sommet Center in Nashville last night, John Mayer told his audience that he had "quit the media game," and was going to start letting his guitar do the talking for him. But first, he had a few things to get off of his chest.
In a lengthy mid-song speech, Mayer apologized for the comments he made in a recent interview with Playboy that set off a firestorm on the internet yesterday. (Mayer used the N-word in the interview when discussing his appeal with African Americans and called his relations with former girlfriend Jessica Simpson "sexual napalm," among other comments.)
"In the quest to be clever, I completely forgot about the people that I love and the people that love me," he told the Nashville audience.
"And it's just not worth being clever. I just quit. I quit the soundbite game. I quit the media game. I'm out. I'm done. I'm done. I just want to play my guitar to whoever is around..."
After he introduced his band members, Mayer said, "My name is John Mayer, and I'm gonna figure that out."
Mayer told Playboy during the lengthy interview "black people love me," and said that he'd been told he had a "hood pass."
"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-word) 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.’"
We have video and a full transcript of Mayer's speech at Sommet after the jump.
In the quest to be clever, i completely forgot about the people that I love and the people that love me. And I went, as I have begun to do, into a wormhole of selfishness and greediness and arrogance in thinking that if I could just continue to be speedy and witty and pull together as many fast words and phrases as I could, that I could be clever enough to buy myself another day, without thinking that anybody would finally pin me down and say that 'you're a creep,' and when I should have just given that up and played the guitar a little bit more.
So I decided to be as clever as possible all the time, and I did that at the expense of people that I love. That feels absolutely terrible. It feels worse than any headline I thought I could get my way out of, and I just want — I think it's important that you know that everybody on this stage is here playing with me not because they condone what I say in any given interview, and certainly not in the interview that's made the rounds today. They're not on this stage because they support what I say. They're on this stage because they support myself as a possible future grown-up, and maybe they see something that I haven't looked at in a while.
So maybe I need to take a break from trying to be clever and to spend a little time looking at what they see, because they've done an unbelievable thing by standing on this stage and standing by my side and playing tonight.
And it's just not worth being clever. It's just not worth being clever. I just quit. I quit the soundbite game. I quit the media game. I'm out. I'm done. I'm done. I just want to play my guitar to whoever is around, and if that means there's less people because I somehow think that if I'm not witty and I don't come up with the newest clever thing, then that's fine, but I just want to play my guitar and do it with this band, and I want to thank this band for standing by me.
(After introducing band members) My name is John Mayer, I'm gonna figure that out."
- Dave Paulson/The Tennessean