John Mayer continues to catch all kind of racial hell over his inappropriate and down right outlandish remarks regarding African-Americans. And actress Holly Robinson-Peete, who initially came to Mayer defense, is now steaming mad over the comments that Mayer’s “mini me” isn’t attracted to black women EXCEPT for she and Kerry Washington.
Never one to let her brand be mixed up in controversy– or pass up an interview with mainstream media– Peete linked up with People Magazine to address the embattled musicians ridiculous remarks:
Q: Would you have been so flattered by John Mayer stating you’re “gorgeous” if you’d read what he said in the rest of the interview?
A: The answer is no. I would never have been as flattered. As a matter of fact, it went from a compliment to being an insult. That anyone would think that I would be so giddy about this young man’s compliment that I would compromise my integrity as an African American woman is the most disturbing part for me. I foolishly and impulsively commented (to E!) on a sound bite from an interview that was sent to me by a girlfriend and I didn’t know the context at all. … Clearly, after I understood how John Mayer’s comments were bookended by racial insensitivities and this racially charged, rambling diatribe that denigrated black women, it became a whole other animal.
Q: How do you feel about what Mayer said?
A: I was disgusted and offended. Especially when I started reading his surrounding comments. In the whole body of the article, there wasn’t anything that wasn’t offensive. … It was beyond inappropriate. It’s crucial for African American women to understand that I would never knowingly gush about such a compliment had I had any clue that it was bookended by these racially denigrating comments about black women. I feel disgusted by it. I went from flattered to flat-out pissed.
Q: Do you feel John Mayer is a racist?
A: Is it possible to say something racially charged, bigoted and flat out ignorant and not be a racist person? That’s the question. My impression is that it’s possible, but I want to make it clear that this guy has some major issues to sort through and a whole lot of apologies to make. I heard some apologies about the N-word, and I’ve seen him crying, which seemed sincere. But I don’t know if he understands how much he hurt black women’s feelings.
Q: Has he reached out to you to apologize?
A: He was very remorseful about the fact that I was inadvertently tangled up into this mess. He reached out to me via email. … He did not apologize for his comments. … At this point, it doesn’t feel right for me to totally accept his apology. It’s time for him to really just drop the frat boy act and take responsibility for everything that he said, no matter how painful it’s going to be for him.
While I can appreciate everyone’s reaction to the WTF interview, for me it doesn’t change my opinion on Mayer one bit. Personally, I know exactly what he was trying to do and it backfired. I will not allow my spirit to be blinded by the fact that its obvious John isn’t a racist. We all have a preference in what attracts the peen. I know a lot of black women who would NEVER date a white man — does that make them a racist or just have a preference?
Did the guitar afficiando go way too far by comparing his d*ck to white supremacy – sure. Does this make him a racist forever in my mind – no. Hip-Hop music degrades black women virtually everyday, yet we not only support it, we encourage it.
This is just bad all around for the musical homie. Lets hope this is the wake up call that its time to grow up and start acting with some sort of social responsibility. Not that I’m anyone to talk.
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