Yesterday, the Internet was on fire because of racially insensitive comments made by John Mayer. In an interview with Playboy, Mayer called himself a "good guy" and said he loved being liked but then went on to say he dreamed of writing pornography, described his former girlfriend Jessica Simpson as "sexual napalm," and even used the n-word. But that's not the worst of it: When Playboy asked Mayer if he dated black women his response was, "My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a fuckin' David Duke cock."
Mayer has since apologized via his Twitter account and on stage for comparing his privates to a former Ku Klux Klan member. Although the interview has been a PR disaster for Mayer, we're not all that surprised by his comments. In fact, a number of celebrities have expressed certain "preferences" when it came to dating. Here's some other celebrities who have made racially charged comments regarding dating outside their race...
WHO SAID IT: Dennis Rodman
WHAT THEY SAID: "I go out with White women. This makes a lot of people unhappy, mostly Black women. I've had them come up to me and say, `Why don't you date a Black woman?' Black women didn't accept me when I was younger. I wasn't attractive. I didn't have money or fancy clothes. I wasn't whatever it was they wanted." - Bad As I Wanna Be, 1996
COMPLEX SAYS: Regardless of race, how much women enjoy your company would probably increase if you weren't wearing more mascara than they were.
WHO SAID IT: Jon B.
WHAT THEY SAID: "It's not that I prefer black girls, but that's who I find myself relating to as a human being. I am also attracted to really ghetto girls, straight out the hood... a thickey, a real 'pass the hot sauce' type girl." - VIBE, 1998
COMPLEX SAYS: Jon B. was the Robin Thicke of the 90s. The soulful R&B crooner put out a pretty dope album and had a classic single with 2pac, but the interracial romances in his videos attracted a lot of attention. We'd love to point out how Jon's career went wrong, but we're still scratching our heads trying to figure what exactly a "pass the hot sauce type" girl is.
WHO SAID IT: Lindsay Lohan
WHAT THEY SAID: "Black guys love me - Damon Dash, P. Diddy. 50 called my agent for my number. He said he was watching Mean Girls and loved it. I was freaking out! The first thing I thought was, 'Where's Eminem?' I'm in love with him!" - Elle, 2005
COMPLEX SAYS: After talking about all the rappers that have a crush on her, she crushes on the only one who happens to be pasty white. Hmmm...
WHO SAID IT: Kanye West
WHAT THEY SAID: "If it wasn't for race mixing, there would be no video girls. Me and most of my friends like mutts a lot...yeah in the hood they call them mutts." - Essence, 2006
COMPLEX SAYS: A little over a year after calling out George Bush for not caring about black people, Ye showed how racially insensitive he could be by simultaneously dissing people of mixed race and women all in one quote.
WHO SAID IT: Duane "Dog The Bounty Hunter" Chapman
WHAT THEY SAID: "I don't care if she's a Mexican, a whore or whatever. It's not because she's black, it's because we use the word nigger sometimes here. I'm not gonna take a chance ever in life of losing everything I've worked for for 30 years because some fucking nigger heard us say nigger and turned us in to the Enquirer magazine. Our career is over! I'm not taking that chance at all! Never in life! Never! Never!...It's that we use the word nigger. We don't mean you fucking scum nigger without a soul. We don't mean that shit. But America would think we mean that. " - National Enquirer, 2007
COMPLEX SAYS: Way before 50 Cent ever taped Young Buck confused and crying his eyes out, Duane Chapman's son Tucker taped his dad using racial slurs. The Dog's tirade was sparked by news that his son had an African-American girlfriend. Ironically, the audio footage ended up getting sold to The Enquirer ...by Tucker himself. Guess he figured if he was gonna throw his father under a bus, he might as well get some money out of it.
WHO SAID IT: Keri Hilson
WHAT THEY SAID: "I like chocolate candy, chocolate men..." - KING, 2007
COMPLEX SAYS: When asked if she "played in the snow" like her friend Polow The Don (see below) her response was "I never have. It's a preference." We here at Complex prefer that hot girls don't have any preferences that would exclude us from their dating pool.
WHO SAID IT: Polow The Don
WHAT THEY SAID: "My boys would give me junk about it, but [the white girls'] head game is on a different level." - Complex, 2007
COMPLEX SAYS: We don't wanna argue with the self-proclaimed "King of the White Girls" on this one, but we're willing to bet Karrine Steffans could give any of those snow bunnies a run for their money.
WHO SAID IT: Robert De Niro
WHAT THEY SAID: in 2007 British pop singer Jamelia told the Daily Mirror De Niro called her a "Delicious chocolate thing."
COMPLEX SAYS: We don't blame this notorious lover of black women for wanting to holla, but couldn't the guy who delivered legendary lines like, "You talking to me?" come up with something better than calling a girl a "delicious chocolate thing" and asking her, "'Don't you want to be my leading lady"? Pick-up line FAIL.
WHO SAID IT: Kim Zolciak
WHAT THEY SAID: "Yes, it's true, I don't date Black men. I never have. It's not a prejudice. It's just a personal preference." - Essence, 2009
COMPLEX SAYS: Hate to break it to The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, but whenever a personal preference is based solely on race, that is actually what it means to be prejudiced.
WHO SAID IT: Yung Berg
WHAT THEY SAID: "I'm kinda racist... I don't like dark butts... You know how some women prefer light skin men or dark skin men. It's rare that I do dark butts — that's what I call dark skinned women." - Lip Service Radio 2008
COMPLEX SAYS: Just before becoming hip hop's punching bag, Yung Berg went on to diss black women everywhere, discuss his preferences when it came to dating and explain exactly what the "pool test" was. Hopefully when goons like Maino and Trick Trick eventually got their hands on Berg's face and chain, they smacked some sense into this kid.
WHO SAID IT: Amanda Bynes
WHAT THEY SAID: "It's amazing how good it feels when someone knows how to love your body! I am having withdrawals from a certain guy lol :)... so turns out i prefer chocolate over vanilla... interesting." and "FYI If any girls are mad that I like "chocolate" they need to seriously get OVER it. sorry you can't have chocolate for yourself :)... So quit hating on me because I'm VANILLA and I like CHOCOLATE, ok? Because it makes you look like a hater :) thanks so much, bye!!! :)" - Twitter, 2010
COMPLEX SAYS: So...this basically confirms the rumors that Kid Cudi poked her in the face with his man on the moon!
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