I have a weird soft spot for John Mayer. He has always seemed to recognize the ridiculousness of his own fame, and felt vaguely ashamed of it; he’s spent most of the 2000s kicking dirt on the public image that was born out of the “Your Body Is A Wonderland” music video.
That being said, he comes off as a real asshole in this interview with New York magazine, in which he drunkenly abuses the poor reporter trying to interview him. I did, though, like his answer to this question:
What do you think about health care? Would you take the public option?
Have you ever heard me play guitar? I’m really fucking good. You know what I’m bad at? Answering questions about public health care. This is not in my wheelhouse.
I don’t want to condone Mayer’s behavior throughout the interview. But the idea that anyone cares what John Mayer has to say about healthcare is pretty ridiculous, and if someone was following me around and asking me questions that had nothing to do with my profession or expertise, I’d be irritated, too. Mayer is a musician, and I appreciate that he’s not trying to pass himself off as more than that.