Our condolences, Isaac Foundation for having to settle for a poster boy as self-involved as John Mayer to help spread awareness about MPS IV. Further condolences, that Mayer’s clearly using this relationship to tactlessly garner some goodwill after saying some rude things about basically everyone who wasn’t him. That kind of contrivance is the only way to explain his newest tweet, which includes an exit link to the Isaac Foundation’s homepage. It’s a landmark tweet because it marks the first one the allegedly sensitive singer-songwriter has made in four days. And apparently because this tweet redirects to a noble charity, we’re supposed to forgive him for his remarks in that Playboy interview.
What advocating for MPS VI–a disease caused by enzyme defiency–has to do with the fact that he was so nonplussed being a jerk on the record really makes no sense. Maybe it’s the sick kid-meets-rock hero angle that his handlers are scraping for by scheduling a last-minute meet-and-greet in Toronto in over the weekend. It’s there that our condolences (do we have anymore left?) are with them for this ultimately empty gesture. Because calling Mayer a “rock” performer–let alone a “hero”–makes no sense.
Probably more unfortunate is how much negative publicity all of this may draw to the foundation–one that published an open letter last week from the foundation to the general public. In defense of Mayer. It’s anyone’s guess how much of a tax-deductible donation greased words like these out of the Isaac Foundation:
I thought I would take to our blog to write a quick defense of John Mayer, someone that I have grown to respect for the kind, caring, and compassionate person that he truly is. I don’t care what Playboy Magazine writes about the man, and I don’t care what John says to the journalists that write what they do about him. In America, it’s all part of the game– get in people magazine, light up the blogosphear, stay relevant–end of story.
Oh, dear! But in all fairness, if people are guilty of making reasonable allegations like how Mayer himself is the worst ex in the world, then Mayer’s guilty of provoking the public. And thus turns the rusty gears of our celebrity-industrial complex. For someone like Mayer who’s long been working in the jungle of media and entertainment, he knew exactly the circus he was choreographing with outbursts like, “My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I’ve got a Benetton heart and a fuckin’ David Duke cock. I’m going to start dating separately from my dick.”
Meanwhile, Mayer’s unlikeliest savior stands ready to jump to his defense. Here’s to you, Holly Robinson Peete of Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper fame.