John Mayer “Humiliated” By Taylor Swift’s “Dear John” Song, Calls It “Lousy”

Jessica Wakeman | June 6, 2012 - 11:20 am

“[I was] really humiliated [by “Dear John”]. 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. … 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? … I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting. 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.”

John Mayer responds to Taylor Swift’s “Dear John,” a scathing indictment of what an asshole Mayer can be. Lyrics like “maybe it’s you and your sick need to give love and take it away / you’ll add my name to a long list of traitors who don’t understand / and I’ll look back in regret I ignored when they said run as fast as you can” sure aren’t flattering. But  I’m on Team Taylor for this one. First of all, artists do art. Art makes the world go ’round; I didn’t realize they had to email their exes about it first. How about if you don’t want to wake up with a song written about you, don’t go bed with a songwriter?

Second of all, on that front, John Mayer is a huge hypocrite. This is a man who has written numerous songs about ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston, including one on his new album.” He’s also been in quite a bit of trouble for blabbing about his sex life with these women in detail to magazines. And finally, slamming Taylor Swift for “lousy” and “cheap songwriting” is just lame. People just complain about quality when they don’t have a substantive point to make. And he’s not even willing or able to defend himself: Rolling Stone asked Mayer what she meant by lyrics like “Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with,” and he replied “I don’t want to go into that.”  [Rolling Stone]

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