John Mayer releases video he previously defended against cultural appropriation claims
John Mayer previously said his next music video would be set at what he calls a “disco dojo” — and now, you can see for yourself what he means by that. The musician dropped the clip for “Still Feel Like Your Man,” a track he’s said was inspired by his relationship with Katy Perry, Wednesday.
The video includes bamboo decorations, kimonos, Kendo, and dancing pandas. Mayer preemptively defended the music video against claims of cultural appropriation in a March New York Times story, where he said, “I think we were as sensitive as we could possibly be.”
“Part of cultural appropriation is blindness,” he continued. “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.”
“Still Feel Like Your Man” is off Mayer’s upcoming seventh album, The Search for Everything. He’s been releasing songs off the record in waves, and the entire collection is set to drop April 14. Watch the video above.