His ode to Katy Perry.
There’s a lot going on in John Mayer’s new music video for “Still Feel Like Your Man.”
Let’s get this out of the way: it’s about ex-girlfriend Katy Perry. The lyric about leaving her shampoo in the shower? Yep. For Katy.
Next, back in March, Mayer invited a journalist from the New York Times to the set of the video shoot. The reporter remarked the shoot was extremely problematic because it featured “a makeshift bamboo forest, a woman in full geisha garb and two people in giant panda suits, making up a bizarre tableau that Mr. Mayer called a ‘disco dojo.'”
Mayer tried to immediately explain his reasoning, claiming “that we were as sensitive as we could possibly be,” and that everything was “discussed at every juncture.” He then offered this juicy quote: “Part of cultural appropriation is blindness. I’m on the right side of the line because it’s an idea for the video that has a very multiethnic casting, and nobody who is white or non-Asian is playing an Asian person.” That doesn’t really make any sense, but for the sake of getting to the video I’ll roll with it.
The clip features a red-lit bar ripped right out of Tokyo’s Red Light district, as well as a stereotypical ‘80s Japanese Kung-fu villain, dancing pandas, samurais and women dressed as geishas. This also grossly feels like something Katy Perry would hysterically laugh at. Hey, he warned us.