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John Mayer's Five Most Endearing Moments

We all remember those unforgivably awful words uttered by John Mayer, the ones that made tasteful folks around the planet cringe: "I wanna run through the halls of my high school, I wanna scream at the top of my lungs!"

Oh, and then there were those other horrifying words printed in Playboy, the ones that placed Mayer in rich-boy exile on a Montana ranch. "My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a fuckin' David Duke cock." Which line is more offensive? "No Such Thing" lyrics or his racist genitals? We know, your ears say one thing, your heart and head say another.

The pop-singing cornball was most definitely a douche during that fateful 2010 interview, but since his time in retreat, he's done a lot more than just adding a cowboy hat to his wardrobe. He's reflected upon the effects of his youthful bloated ego. In a 2012 interview with NPR's All Things Considered promoting his last album Born and Raised, he explained -- without excusing his embarrassing behavior and with great remorse -- that he said those things because he "didn't want to be boring." Mayer also told Rolling Stone in January that, "I abused that ability to express myself, to the point where I was expressing things that weren't true to my thoughts." So he's been keeping his trap more closely guarded.

It seems Mayer is back on point these days. His music still blows, but his repentance has softened our heart. So, we present the five most endearing moments in Mayer's public life to show that the guy with the bigoted crotch ain't all bad.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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