Roger Ebert Calls Out John Mayer for Racist Remarks

Celebrity News Feb. 13, 2010 AT 7:37PM
Roger Ebert Calls Out John Mayer for Racist Remarks Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images ; Bryan Bedder/WireImage

Add Roger Ebert to the list of critics of John Mayer's controversial Playboy interview.

In a tongue-in-cheek post on Twitter late last week, he wrote, "To John Mayer regarding black women: What's not to like?"

The white film critic, 67, has been married to an African American woman, Charlie "Chaz" Hammel-Smith, since 1992. (He also went on a few dates with Oprah Winfrey in the 1970s.)

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In the March issue of Playboy, Mayer, 32, is asked, "Do black women throw themselves at you?"

He replies: "I don't think I open myself to it. My d*ck is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a fu*kin' David Duke c*ck. I'm going to start dating separately from my d*ck. …I always thought Holly Robinson Peete was gorgeous. Every white dude loved Hilary from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And Kerry Washington. She's super hot and she's also white-girl crazy. Kerry Washington would break your heart like a white girl. Just all of a sudden she'd be like, ‘Yeah, I sucked his d*ck. Whatever.'"

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GLAAD also slammed the singer for using a gay slur, "f*g," in reference to kissing celeb blogger Perez Hilton in 2007.

Peete, 45, defended Mayer on her blog, writing that she hates "that anyone would have the impression I condone or excuse racist comments in any context," but saying she does "not believe John Mayer is a racist" for his statements.

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Mayer broke down on stage Wednesday night while explaining his interview (which also included crass statements about ex Jessica Simpson), and apologized on Twitter the same day.

He has not made any public statements or Twittered since.

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