Jon Mayer Is Really Angry, Really Bitter About That Taylor Swift Song

 

John Mayer has ignored the desperate pleas of his publicist and taken another interview with Rolling Stone. In the latest issue, he absolutely unloads on “country cutie” Taylor Swift, who famously wrote “Dear John,” about their doomed relationship and, tangentially, who famously writes all songs like a 15-year-old writes diary entries. John apparently felt “humiliated” by the move, which he described as “cheap.” Here’s the full soundbite:

“It made me feel terrible. Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.” [Mayer tells Rolling Stone that he learned about Swift's feelings directly from her song] “I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call. I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down. I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?”

When asked about the song’s line, “Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with?” Mayer says, “I don’t want to go into that.”

Mayer also takes issue with “Dear John” as a musician. “I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting,” he says. “I know she’s the biggest thing in the world, and I’m not trying to sink anybody’s ship, but I think it’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!’ That’s bullshit.”

The “dressing down” to which Mayer refers is the shitstorm that resulted from his own inability to edit himself, giving twin interviews to Playboy and Rolling Stone, in which he (respectively) revealed that his dick doesn’t like black women and spoke in no uncertain terms about his previous flames, saying of Jennifer Aniston, “I think she’s still hoping it goes back to 1998,” and of Jessica Simpson, “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… Sexually it was crazy. That’s all I’ll say. It was like napalm, sexual napalm…”

However, as much as we’d like to point out that the whole reason Mayer found himself in this mess is his own big mouth, we do think he’s correct to criticize Swift as a songwriter. For example, the lyrics to “Dear John” are completely embarrassing:

Long were the nights when my days once revolved around you
Counting my footsteps praying the floor won’t fall through again
And my mother accused me of losing my mind
But I swore I was fine

You paint me a blue sky and go back and turn it to rain
And I lived in your chess game, but you changed the rules everyday
Wondering which version of you I might get on the phone tonight
Well, I stopped picking up and this song is to let you know why

Dear John, I see it all now that you’re gone
Don’t think I was too young to be messed with?
The girl in the dress cried the whole way home
I should’ve known

Oh my god, a chess game metaphor. Amazingly, it goes on like that. So, while Mayer did get a taste of his own medicine, he’s right: naming a lugubrious breakup ballad after your famous ex to stir up attention from the press is cheap. And lame.

Do these people just hate privacy?

(The new issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands Friday)

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    • Cee

      I’m ashamed to admit it, but I love John Mayer’s music. The man, not so much. I’m glad he got a little karma.

      However, as much as I like the Swift, she is becoming a one trick pony and its becoming very annoying. I’ve passed the point where I want to console her and now I want to punch her in the face and ask her why she hasn’t learned anything by now. And, come on! John Mayer?! Was she living under a rock? Everyone and their mother know not to date John Mayer. She should have found something that rhymes with “I’m an idiot.”

      Lastly, the little girl part makes me cringe. She is an adult..does she have an odd fetish?

      • Amy

        I condone every part of this post.

      • Alyssa Hayes

        i’m pretty sure all the other girls who mistakenly dated john knew about him too. but he’s a bad boy, and everyone loves a bad boy even if he’s a bastard. i mean, look a katy perry! she just came out of a bad relationship and she’s dating john mayer! also, theres no little girl part. it’s just the girl in the dress

    • Eileen

      Dude, you date Taylor Swift, you end up in a song. Maybe she points at you during a performance. That’s just how it goes. Kind of like if you date John Mayer, you are setting yourself up for all kinds of crap. Not to mention all the crappy music either way.

      But I will admit that that comment about Jennifer Aniston is kind of funny.

    • B

      I don’t think Jennifer Love Hewitt is in the music video for Your Body is a Wonderland.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        You are correct. Amended.

    • sam

      I’m definitely team Mayer on this one, if you’re an artist there is a line on drawing on your experiences and cheap shots. And the most pathetic part on Swift’s end is that she addressed her heartache in a public song before confronting Mayer himself, how is he supposed to help the situation she doesn’t communicate with him directly?

      • maggie

        Is it really more pathetic than Mayer ranting about intimate details of his relationships to the press ?It’s funny he suddenly values privacy when the tables are turned

      • sam

        @maggie yes, it is, by a long shot. It seems like John Mayer here was like “hey how about I talk candidly in answer to a direct question”, Taylor Swift went “hey how about instead of having a conversation with my ex about how he hurt me, I will write a song exploiting that heartache for cash while passive aggressively avoiding confrontation because the guy I crushed on who is a notorious womanizer didn’t magically change his ways for me”. Yeah, it’s way more pathetic. And regardless, no matter what a man is doing there is a way to handle life with class and self respect.

      • disqus_SbglVTjtd5

        it’s pretty obvious from her song Dear John that he was abusive to her, he’s just mad that she rightfully called him out on it

        I mean, just look at this part of the interview:

        When asked about the song’s line, “Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with?” Mayer says, “I don’t want to go into that.”

        I’m on Taylor’s side.

      • Alyssa Hayes

        john mayer is a bastard

    • Holden

      Come on, the guy is a world-class douche who tried adding a barely-lgeal teen pop star to the number of notches on his bedpost. And then he throws a tantrum when she calls him out on it? And no matter how bad her songs might be – have you HEARD john mayer?

      “One day our generation
      is gonna rule the population
      so we keep waiting (waiting)
      for the world to change

      Its hard to beat the system
      when your standing at a distance
      so we keep waiting (waiting)
      for the world to change ”

      …and thats from a 34-year old, dude.

      • Amy

        Completely agree. He’s such an childish a-hole. He’s allowed to say whatever dickish things he wants about his exes but if one of them has the nerve to point out what a shit he is, he thinks it legimate to cry about it in a interview two years later? What a load. Why the hell is Rolling Stone doing an interview with him?

    • Melissa

      Sounds like someone is trying to stay relevant. This song came out OVER TWO YEARS AGO. He brought out his opinion on it now because he needed everyone to have a new reason to google “John Mayer”. How many interviews has he given since the song came out? He never thought to talk about it at any point before now? All I hear when John Mayer says all of this is “waaaaahhhhhhh!”

    • Bows

      I’m sorry but I’m with John Mayer on this one, everyone crucified John Mayer for talking about his relationships, yet you want to give Taylor Swift a pass for making blatantly obvious songs about relationships? And being that he is just now coming back into the spotlight, it is only reasonable he would talk about it.

    • Joyce

      Authors write autobiographies, song writers do the same with their music–all is fair game–.

      WHEN MEN OR WOMEN ABUSE OTHERS SELFISHLY, CONSISTENTLY-WHETHER PHYSICALLY OR EMOTIONALLY THEY SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN A PASS–THEY SHOULD BE CALLED OUT ON IT. I AM SICK TO DEATH OF LYING WOMANIZING EMOTIONALLY ABUSIVE CHEATERS GETTING AWAY WITH THE PAIN AND HURT THEY DELIBERATELY CAUSE TO OTHERS–THIS ALSO GOS FOR ABUSIVE LYING SELFISH WOMEN–ENOUGH, IS ENOUGH–STOP SUPPORTING THESE ABUSIVE BEHAVIORS.

    • htyjyt

      In my undergrad education, I focused on newspaper journalism. I interned here at newspapers and newsweeklies, took reporting classes, bought my own voice recorder … the whole shebang.Then, about three months before graduation, I realized that wasn’t actually what I wanted to do with my life. After freaking out for a while, I began exploring my options and decided that a) the last four years had not been a complete waste, and b) marketing and communications was the direction I really wanted to take.Because of my life-long interest in the environment and sustainability, I knew about EnviroMedia’s office in Portland. When I saw they were looking for an account service intern I applied. I was thrilled to get the position. This has been a great opportunity for me to gain some experience in and exposure to the marketing world. Hopefully, now the rest of the world will also see how invaluable my EnviroMedia internship experience has been and someone will want me to work for them!

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      In my undergrad education, I focused on newspaper journalism. I interned here at newspapers and newsweeklies, took reporting classes, bought my own voice recorder … the whole shebang.Then, about three months before graduation, I realized that wasn’t actually what I wanted to do with my life. After freaking out for a while, I began exploring my options and decided that a) the last four years had not been a complete waste, and b) marketing and communications was the direction I really wanted to take.Because of my life-long interest in the environment and sustainability, I knew about EnviroMedia’s office in Portland. When I saw they were looking for an account service intern I applied. I was thrilled to get the position. This has been a great opportunity for me to gain some experience in and exposure to the marketing world. Hopefully, now the rest of the world will also see how invaluable my EnviroMedia internship experience has been and someone will want me to work for them!

    • Alyssa Hayes

      ashley, taylor is an AMAZING songwriter. lets see you write a song the tops the charts.