John Mayer: Still terrible
To be fair, John Mayer may not be quite as obnoxious as he was three years ago. But as his Friday appearance on the "Today Show" proves, that doesn't exactly move him off the cringe list.
It was in 2010 that Mayer seemed to achieve peak douchery, culminating in a Playboy interview with Rob Tannenbaum in which he famously declared that his penis was a "white supremacist," that Kerry Washington was "superhot, and also white-girl crazy" and that Jessica Simpson was "sexual napalm." For good measure, he also dropped the N-word and several spectacular opinions about Jews, gays, and black people. Since then, he's had relationships with Katy Perry and Taylor Swift and written more music, all while battling a near career-ending throat granuloma. Then, a year after declaring that he'd been "really humiliated" by Taylor's Swift's confessional "Dear John," calling it "a really lousy thing for her to do," he emerged last month with a new song and a reignited public profile. And what do you know? "Paper Doll" sure sounds like a very public response to that humiliating Swift song! Remember when Swift, who this spring released a single called "22," sang in "Dear John" that "They said run as fast as you can"? In his new one, Mayer declares, "You’re like 22 girls in one, and none of them know what they’re runnin’ from." Burn.