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John Mayer Breaks Down During Concert, Apologizes For Racial Slur

John Mayer Breaks Down During Concert, Apologizes For Racial Slur

John Mayer gets on his soapbox during his concert at the Sommet Center on Wednesday night (February 10) in Nashville, Tenn.

The 32-year-old singer apologized to his bandmates for the interruption and told the audience, “I quit the media game. I’m out. I’m done. I just want to play my guitar.”

Earlier in the day, John apologized for using the N-word during a recent interview with Playboy.

This is what he told Playboy about being beloved by the black community: “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… 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.’”

John apologized on Twitter, saying, “It’s such a shame that I [used the N-word] 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… 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. Again, because I don’t want anyone to think I’m equivocating: I should have never said the word and I will never say it again. I just wanted to play the guitar for people.”

Listen/watch to John‘s apology below!

John Mayer Breaks Down During Concert
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  • rock_chick_chic

    he really should learn to just keep his mouth shut, because everytime he opens it a whole load of sh*t comes out.

  • rebel10

    im burning all my john mayer cds…

  • Madison

    @ rock_chick.. agree… i love his music. i think hes talented…but the boy has lost his mind and all directions… i understand what he was trying to say in the interview… but obviously… he wasn’t being smart. he should have just left it simply at “first of all the word “hood” shouldnt even be used. it has a deeming connotation…and second…I thank the different racial community for embracing my music. It’s great to see ethnic barriers coming down and people being able to enjoy my music…” the sad thing is.. I used to read John’s blog in Tokyo.. the man has lost all sense of dignity in the last few years.

  • mayer makes me sick

    his apology is not sincere. it’s damage control.

  • annnnnnannnnnnnnna

    its 2010 jhon mayer are you effing kidding me, anytime someone use this word and try to apologize i just lost even more respect for them. you shouldnt be using it at all no matter what “point” you were trying to make or how you “think” you were using it.

  • Whoever

    ^Agreed! I dont want to hear nothing else from him unless it is accompanied by music!

  • http://whothehellcares miss dannielle

    I appreciate John Mayer, he doesn’t have to talk to every reporter or try and be witty all the time when speaking. These things end up catching us saying hurtful things when we were only trying to be that person everyone can love cuz most people like a good joke no matter how right or wrong it is. Just keep playing that guitar John and giving us good music preserve your thoughts and express it through the music and you wont have to say a word. Make some history doing that in this industry, that is just my opinion on this people.

  • Whoever

    @mayer makes me sick:

    I believe this as well!!! He seems to always be so sure of his self and he do not seem like the type to retract from his statements….no matter how outlandish they are! I do enjoy his wittiness and dry humor from time to time… but he crossed the line and there is no coming back from it.

  • fair-callllllllllll

    There is no reason to talk in a negative manner to any group or culture, it only brings out the bad and true qualities in a person.

  • katie

    Why apologize now? He had no problem saying it in the interview…..smh

  • Sasha

    John Mayer lyrics circa 2001, “Room For Squares”
    He should have listened to his mother long ago…

    “My Stupid Mouth”

    My stupid mouth
    Has got me in trouble
    I said too much again
    To a date over dinner yesterday
    And I could see
    She was offended
    She said “well anyway…”
    Just dying for a subject change

    Oh, another social casualty
    Score one more for me
    How could I forget?
    Mama said “think before speaking”
    No filter in my head
    Oh, what’s a boy to do
    I guess he better find one soon

    Oh, the way she feels about me has changed
    Thanks for playing, try again.
    How could I forget?
    Mama said “think before speaking”
    No filter in my head
    Oh, what’s a boy to do
    I guess he better find one

    I’m never speaking up again
    It only hurts me
    I’d rather be a mystery
    Than she desert me

    Oh I’m never speaking up again
    Starting now… Starting now

    One more thing
    Why is it my fault?
    So maybe I try too hard
    But it’s all because of this desire
    I just wanna be liked
    I just wanna be funny
    Looks like the jokes on me
    So call me captain backfire

    I’m never speaking up again
    it only hurts me
    I’d rather be a mystery
    than she desert me

    oh i’m never speaking up again
    i’m never speaking up again
    i’m never speaking up again
    Starting now, starting now…

  • G

    wait a minute. Black people use the word “nigger” all the time, especially in movies, rap music, music videos, conversation, etc.

    When did everyone get so politically correct that using a word automatically makes them a racist? What John Meyer is saying here is that he doesn’t have the real street reputation that young black urban men have. It’s a real issue and something to talk about, people. You don’t have to hyperventilate about racism when there is something important to say.

    I suggest you look at how the word “nigger” is used today and get involved with social justice issues, poverty, black crime issues, etc. They are real and impact our neighborhoods.

  • Jordan

    I’m half black and I hate the N word. I wish black people didn’t use it, i know what he way saying but everything went out the window once he compared his manhood to the grand dragon of the klu klux klan.

  • Jordan


  • katie

    no one calling him a racist, but you my friend wouldnt understand the word itself.
    No matter how adoring some of his supporters, it’s difficult to imagine that Martin Luther King Jr. would have enjoyed hearing someone say, “Martin is my nigga.”
    No matter how adoring some of his supporters, it’s difficult to imagine that our Past ancestors who fought the slave eras. would have enjoyed hearing someone say, “this slave is my nigga.”

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  • mia from Brooklyn

    Until the pain of this word no longer lingers in society for any of us, we cannot continue to use the “N” word. Every time we use the “N” word it is a slap in the face of our elders and a blatant disrespect to our ancestors. We have not only lost our minds, but we’ve lost consciousness and self respect.

  • Shanae

    Funny, the people onstage making him look good are mainly minorities.

  • jack

    he screwed up and apologized but he should’ve said in the first place. he chalks it up to trying to be witty all the time with journalist. does he not think about what he says before it comes out of his own mouth. at some point you have to self censor yourself. he’s got nobody to blame but himself for what he said. will it hurt his career we’ll see.

  • Whoever

    ^ Agreed…. I don’t think he is a racist at all (although his penis is)…. The context of the words he chosen to express what he felt just made him look stupid and inconsiderate! It seem as if he strive so hard to come off as an intellect… just how in the video he repeated that he tried to be witty and what not…. Certain things are just best if not said…. He sure learned that lesson today!

  • sara

    Of course his fans at the concert think he is just fine, cheering his every word.

    So he probably gave this interview a couple of months ago, but now he supposedly feels bad about it. He just feels bad that it shows everyone once and for all what a a** he is. That is some sick stuff he said when talking about black women, among the many other rude and crude things he said.

    This is just his attempt at damage control.

  • Precious Black Women

    G better known as John Mayer’s pr team needs to seriously shut up. You sound just like John Mayer. I am black and I or no one around me use the n-word. Just because some stupid a$$ rappers use that word don’t condemn a whole racist to using that racist. I don’t buy the rappers ablums that use that word. Black people tell other blacks to stop using that word if they hear them use it to.

    If John Mayer don’t like black women that’s cool because I heard he only mess with women with low self esteem-Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston now Taylor Swift. Swift just is too young to know any better.
    Black women keep on loving your self because we are doing something right to keep John Mayer off our a$$.

  • RiRi

    I think he’s sincere!
    this made me cry :..(

  • Whoever

    I noticed that too!

  • Dav

    He is a despicable racist jerk.

  • fantasia

    here’s the thing me and all my black girlfriends love this dude. but sometime we all agree we wish he would just shut-up and sing.
    than again just because we dont hear our other culture friends use the word doesnt mean its not being brought up everyday in society even when getting a job or fillin tax forms. all im saying is i love the dude sure he has gotten himself to familiar with it but expect this type of reaction when your not around your so called friends.
    overall im not mad, im just disappointed into his level of maturity.

  • *Belinda*

    John Mayer, if you can’t verbally express yourself properly, shut your mouth!

  • Mia

    I wish he could go away! i’m offended that he thinks I as a black girl would be offended by his dick not being aroused by me! he looks like a rat!
    his attempts to try to be cool and edgy are LAME.

  • Kate

    Garbage in garbage out and he is spewing in it lately. It was no secrete he wanted nothing to do with African American women. I don’t understand why they followed him any way. What a big slap in their faces.

  • Mia

    and can he stop saying how ALL black people love him – i never liked this douche! it’s annoying as hell!!

  • Janella

    Oh but black women are suppose to give him money for what he sell.

  • Laura

    Well I guess some one else told him to apologize.
    What an narcissistic person.

  • Alexis

    I’m half black and I don’t think my father has any idea who John Mayer is. He’s too busy Listening to Miles and Coltrane LOL! I’ve always loved daughters and made me proud to have a dad that has taken care of me and my sisters because my mother died when we were young. But reading this interview made my heart so sad, not because John wouldn’t look twice at me or my sisters but because I truly believe he’s better than this and it was so insulting I can’t listen to his music without these comments trolling around my mind. There’s only one race and it’s human.

  • cassie

    i wont be anysuprise if his pr ask him to star Fuuuu-CKinnnng a black girl.
    *thanks justjared for not sending my post to moderation for the 15th time.

  • cassie


    p.s 100% of the black rappers, actors dont define black people. so get the efing out with that narrow minded excuse. there are clowns who are here to entertains the circus of misbehave un-educated freaks, but most importantly in it for the money.

  • MrBeezlebub

    Dam, he just slapped in the face B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland,Johnny Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Little Richard, Chuck Barry, Bo Diddley hell I can go on on about the fore-fathers& mothers of blues/rock he just insulted with his ignorant remark(s).

    Bet you never catch Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana etc. going down that road, I just trashed all my mayer cd’s I have a hugh Blues/Rock collection…and will never spend a penny on anything he is playing on, I’m so pissed over this, he’s sorry he just got caught, he’s not remorseful at all, trust me.

    He will not be missed by me and I hope Clapton & B.B. boycott his ass from ever playing live with them at the next Crossroad’s Blues Festival, what an idiot…..

  • Alexis

    @MrBeezlebub: BOBBY BLAND IS SO GOOD!! john, this time i’m gone for good

  • Sheila

    Now we know why he and Taylor Swift was so friendly about. They must share the same racist beliefs.

  • Tina

    OMG that is so hurtful in so many ways.

  • Laura

    Too bad Mayer will never understand why what he said hurt so bad.

  • Cami

    So many people will read the magazine and never see or hear his apology.
    Women of color really have it hard enough without celebs sending out racist vibes across the world.

  • Jenna

    He has serious diarrhea of the mouth. I don’t get why he has to talk about his relationships or any of his personal business. Just play your damn music and shut the hell up already! He has completely turned me off with his constant, ignorant cries for attention. Never thought I would find anyone more annoying than Kanye but he sure his!

  • The ‘N’ word

    He is an idiot but as an Afropean i never understood why my people across the Atlantic uses the N word so losely.
    It is a derogatory word. Try to use it in Europe or in Africa in the Black community, wether in it’s english or french version (Nègre) and you will be punched by Black people like there is no tommorow….wether you are BLACK or WHITE.
    It is very offensive to Africans and Afropeans who are often second or third generation from African background and African countries were still colonies 50 years ago. They were apartheid and ‘N’ word still lingered in our memories and is the ultimate insult for which you will be beaten.
    That’s one of the main difference between Africans in the motherland, THEIR Afropean kids in Europe and Africans Americans who use it losely and advertise it in videos.
    Again it’s the absolute offense for Africans as it was used by the colonizer to describe citizenb of second grade.
    They will kick you like hell publicly or not and in many European countries, there is a legislation. You can be fired from your job uusing that word publicly. It’s a criminal offence for which you can be fined wether ittered by a white person or a black person.

  • Mike

    Damage control. Look how they kept the camera on the ladies in that clip. Pr to the rescue. He should have quit the media before signing on to play Aniston’s and Simpson media boyfriend. Seems that’s when it stop being about music. While he’s at it he should dump that stupid twitter.

  • ganymede30324

    It’s sad when bad things happen to rich people. Okay, just kidding. I don’t get it, though. I speak three languages and am just constantly rambling, and even spend a good amount of time around black friends who off-handedly use the word…yet it has never been spoken by me, nor has it even entered my mind to consider saying it. Isn’t Mayer supposed to be some sort of writer?

  • susieQ

    I like John.. I see the jenhens are here to trash him.

    Keep it up and he is going to get pissed and really let lose.. I hope he does.. I’m sure America’s Sweetheart has lot to hide.


  • nat

    It is obvious that the statement was written by his PR team or agent. He is a talented guy; however, he shouldn’t talk. Every time he opens his mouth is to say something stupid.

  • brightside

    @G: While I partially understand what you are trying to say, however you try to justify it, this is not a good word to use, black or white. I’m african/arab/english mix and I have had the N word used to my face and behind my back. It’s hateful, hurtful, shameful and humiliating. No person should use this particular word whatever their color and whatever the reason. It is deeply, deeply offensive.

  • D

    it’s like if a white or black person were to call him a k-ike or a jewish rat.
    I wonder how he’d feel.

  • taylor

    Mr. Mayer evidently has a few black friends and felt he could talk out of his ass in a magazine interview. What a douch.

  • pamplona

    poor guy