The 32-year-old musician tried to explain his aversion to dating black women, in what could be described as an attempt at humor. "I don't think I open myself to it," Mayer said. "My d--- is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a f-----' David Duke c---. I'm going to start dating separately from my d---." Mayer then went on to address his lack of a theoretical "hood pass," and crossed a line by using one very loaded word. "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," he said. "Why are you pulling a punch and calling it a 'hood pass' if you really have a 'hood pass'?"
There was instant uproar over Mayer's comment and he's since apologized via Twitter and broke down during a Wednesday night (Feb. 10) show in Nashville, Tenn. "Re: using the 'N word' in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word," he wrote. "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. 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."
Despite Mayer's apology, the hip-hop community is refusing to let him off the hook so easily. Questlove, who's recent tweet fueled controversy over NBC's Black History Month menu, has been the most forgiving of the bunch as the media watches Mayer scramble to fix his mistake. "Hmmm. I'll give Mayer a benefit of the doubt (remember how people misinterpreted my photo?) and assume that was a punchline gone awry," Quest wrote. "LOL then again on 2nd read ... can't wait to see spin on this. I swear his #1 demographic is the white dude black women would do in a second."