Entertainment behind the scenes
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.” .
Hugh Hefner — media mogul, millionaire lades man, porn baron, feminist icon. …
Umm, feminist icon?
That last description doesn’t exactly jump to mind when discussing the founder of Playboy magazine and its numerous adult-oriented offshoots in publishing and on television. Yet, a new documentary screening here at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist & Rebel” shines a different light on Hef’s past — his work in the feminist and civil rights movements — and considers the notion that his Playboy empire has been a vehicle for female empowerment.