Remember when John Mayer said the N-Word in an interview with Playboy? Russell Simmons felt he deserved a pass.
“He’s a nice guy. He don’t know. If you live in Beverly Hills, you might think there’s a post-racial society and the pain is gone. A lot of black people use that word, all the time — myself included — kind of as a way to ease the pain from it. You sort of forget that it even existed. We can do that. But when you see people outside of the community do that, it’s more hurtful. He didn’t mean anything by it. I give him a pass.”