John Mayer apologizes for "raw" Playboy interview

Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:02pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer John Mayer ignited a media storm on Wednesday with a no-holds barred Playboy interview in which he described former girlfriend Jessica Simpson as "sexual napalm" and confessed an aversion to sleeping with black women.

Mayer, 32, the bluesy writer of hits like "Gravity" and "Your Body is a Wonderland", also spoke of his passion for pornography and abiding love for ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston, describing her as "the most communicative, sweetest, kindest person".

But it was the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter's comments about black women, widely perceived as racist, that set the Internet alight and fast became one of the top three most popular topics on Twitter.

By late Wednesday, Mayer was forced to apologize in a message of his own to his 3 million Twitter followers, saying he did not have the stomach for being "a shock jock."

Despite being dubbed a womanizer in the media for relationships with Hollywood stars like Simpson, Aniston and Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mayer told Playboy that he was not open to having sex with black women, describing his penis as "sort of like a white supremacist".

The singer, who has worked with rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z, also used a slur against African Americans that is widely perceived as racist.

"I am sorry that I used the ('N') word. And it's such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself," Mayer said in a Twitter posting late on Wednesday.

"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," he added, saying he would never say the word again.   Continued...