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John Mayer apologizes again. But is it enough?
Some people may have heard enough from “Gravity” singer John Mayer this week after his expletive-filled Playboy magazine interview and his (too much information! ) musings on black women, pornography, ex-lovers Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston, as well as dropping the “N” word bomb.
It seems Mayer agrees with them. After issuing an apology via Twitter, Mayer broke down on stage towards the end of his concert in Nashville on Wednesday telling fans he had fallen into a “wormhole of selfishness, greediness and arrogance” in his quest to “be clever” and that he now wanted to get back to just being a musician.
“I quit the media game. I’m out. I’m done,” a choked-up Mayer told the audience in Nashville in footage now posted on YouTube. “I just want to play my guitar.”
By all accounts, it was an emotional ending to the concert and even had some of Mayer’s band choking up. According to one fan at the show, one of Mayer’s black female back-up singers was crying as Mayer praised his band for standing by him “because they support myself as a possible future grown-up.” .
But just like the Playboy interview, Mayer’s remorse has split opinions between those who believe it’s either insincere and a further effort to seek attention, and those who think the whole thing has been blown out of proportion and who remain firm fans.
“It was a deep an honest apology, everyone felt it and there were few dry eyes. The man has always had a way with words,” wrote Molly, who was at the concert, on entertainment web site E! online.
But Melanie, who was not at the Nashville show, said in a comment on the E! site; “The dude is a major idiot with major issues. Maybe he should take some time off. He obviously has issues to work out. He is so needy for attention that it’s sad and now he has become offensive!.”
And we wonder, will the apologies on Twitter and onstage be enough to put out the media firestorm? Or will the Playboy interview for Mayer turn into the same sort of career-damaging event as comedian Michael Richards’ onstage rant several years back in which he used the “N” word?