John Mayer Apologizes for N-Word

But not for calling Jessica Simpson 'Sexual Napalm' in Playboy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2010 7:34 AM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2010 10:57 AM CST

John Mayer's tendency to speak before he thinks has gotten him into trouble yet again. A Playboy interview published yesterday discusses the finer points of vaginas, porn, and masturbation, and refers to Jessica Simpson as "sexual napalm"—but all that was overshadowed by Mayer's use of the N-word, for which he's now apologized via Twitter. "It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize using it," he tweeted.

What he said in Playboy was an elaborate point about how he's credited with having a "hood pass," ie street cred, but "if you really had a hood pass, you could call it a n----- pass. Why are you pulling a punch and calling it a hood pass if you really have a hood pass?" Back on Twitter, he continues: "I think it's time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews. I wanted to be a blues guitar player. And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock. I don't have the stomach for it." Mayer also choked up last night at a Nashville show, telling the audience, "I quit the media game. I'm out. I'm done," E! adds. To read the full interview—which also includes the word "fags"—click here.
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