You might have heard by now about John Mayer's Playboy interview, in which he says something about having a "nigger pass" and a "David Duke cock." Margaret Cho wrote a post about how our society is accepting of such casual racism, which unfortunately seems to be the case. I never liked Mayer anyway, though. Why? His music is just dreadfully boring. The dude just drones on and on as if showing even the slightest hint of enthusiasm would make his head explode or something. When your songs are that bad, it doesn't really matter too much what you're singing about. As far as I can tell, though, the lyrics are also quite crappy. Take, for instance, his song "Daughters," which I used to hear all the time when I worked at a place that pumped in an easy listening station. (Incidentally, a hint for any workplace that does this: I'd much rather not listen to anything than hear the same lousy songs every day.) Here's the chorus to this piece of garbage:
Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too
All right, I can agree that treating children well is important, but why limit it to girls? What about the boys? Well, it looks like Mayer has an answer to that:
Boys, you can break
You'll find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
Okay, John, are you serious? When you sing everything in the exact same tone, it's hard to tell, but that Playboy interview does have him saying he hates other men. The thing is, from listening to his songs and looking at his facial expressions, Mayer appears to suffer from chronic depression. I remember someone mentioning that pictures of him made it look like he really needed to poop, and while I don't see that so much, he DOES look to be in perpetual pain.
And that's not even bringing his racist tendencies into account. Maybe if whoever raised him hadn't live by the "boys, you can break" philosophy, he wouldn't have turned out to be so much of a basket case. Then again, he also might not have made the money that comes from being a fixture on bad radio stations.
Come on, the fact that someone can have a hit song in this day and age saying that women are all delicate flowers who need to be protected just shows how generally ineffective the feminist movement has been. Oh, and the reason they're supposed to be protected is that "girls become lovers, who turn into mothers"? So if a woman has no interest in falling in love or bearing children, then what, it's okay if her parents abused her? Whatever happened to individualism, John? Or would it be too much for a guy with a self-described "David Duke cock" to get past stereotypes?
By the way, Mayer also said in the interview that he wouldn't normally date someone like Jessica Simpson, but sex with her was like crack cocaine to him. If only Jessica could read, I'm sure she'd be offended! No, seriously, I'm no fan of Jessica, but I like her a lot more than Jennifer Aniston, and Mayer is apparently still in love with her. Then again, I guess it makes sense that a terribly bland musician would be interested in a terribly bland woman. Hey, John, have you given any thought as to your next girlfriend? I hear Bristol Palin is available.