"Someone asked me the other day, 'What does it feel like now to have a hood pass?'" he told
Playboy. "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. Why are you pulling a punch and calling it a hood pass if you really have a hood pass? But I said, 'I can't really have a hood pass. I've never walked into a restaurant, asked for a table and been told, 'We're full.'"Mayer tweeted that he used the racial epithet because he wanted to make a point that was "in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself." But, he continued, "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."The racial remarks were not the only provocative comments from the singer-songwriter in the magazine. Discussing his love life, the 32-year-old said he doesn't date black women because his penis is "sort of like a white supremacist."He also called former girlfriend
Jennifer Aniston a technophobe.
"The brunt of her success came before TMZ and Twitter. I think she's still hoping it goes back to 1998," he said. "She saw my involvement in technology as courting distraction. And I always said, 'These are the new rules.'"Mayer said the two still care deeply about each other. He was less discreet in describing his relationship with Jessica Simpson, whom he dated prior to Aniston. "That girl, for me, is a drug. And drugs aren't good for you if you do lots of them. Yeah, that girl is like crack cocaine to me," he said. "Sexually it was crazy. That's all I'll say. It was like napalm, sexual napalm."A rep for Simpson declined to comment on Mayer's remarks.Hours after posting the tweets, Mayer made a lengthy, emotional apology at his Nashville concert Wednesday night."In the quest to be clever I completely forgot about the people that I love and the people that love me and I went, as I had begun to do, into a wormhole of selfishness and greediness and arrogance," he said.Mayer thanked his bandmates for their support of him as a "possible future grown-up" and then vowed to "quit the soundbite game.""I quit the media game. I'm out. I'm done," he said. "I just want to play my guitar to whoever is around."