John Mayer "Sorry" for "Using the 'N Word'"

Celebrity News Feb. 10, 2010 AT 5:16PM
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John Mayer has apologized for using a racial slur -- the "N word" -- in his controversial Playboy interview.

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Via three 140-character Tweets, Mayer writes:

"Re: using the 'N word' in an interview: I am sorry that I used the 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.

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"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."

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In his Playboy talk, Mayer said "black people love me" and that he had a "n***** pass." His full quote (in which he discusses whether he's a "douche bag") from the Q&A is below:

"MAYER: My two biggest hits are 'Your Body Is a Wonderland' and 'Daughters.' If you think those songs are pandering, then you'll think I'm a douche bag. It's like I come on very strong. I am a very…I'm just very. V-E-R-Y. And if you can't handle very, then I'm a douche bag. But I think the world needs a little very. That's why black people love me.

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PLAYBOY: Because you're very?

MAYER: 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 n***** pass."

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About a half an hour later on Twitter, Mayer added to his apology:  "I think it's time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews...it's gotten out of hand and I've created somewhat of a monster. 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."

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