Isaac Foundation blogs in defense of the singer, while Vivid Entertainment offers him a screenwriting gig.
MTV.com – By Jocelyn Vena (@jocelyn1212)
Last week, John Mayer caused an uproar with controversial, racially charged comments he made in an interview with Playboy magazine. But amid the statements of outrage — and his own apologies — one group is coming to the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s defense: the Isaac Foundation, a charity for which Mayer has helped raise money.
“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,” reads a message from Andrew McFadyen, the founder of the organization dedicated to curing MPS VI, a rare, progressive disease in children caused by an enzyme deficiency. Mayer has reportedly worked with the charity since the summer of 2008 and has kept in touch with Isaac McFadyen (the child who inspired the organization) and his family.
“I know he has said things that turn people off. I know he’s said things that make him sound like someone you would never want your children around — ever. But I also know the person that he truly is and the good things he tries to accomplish with the celebrity status he’s achieved,” the message on the site reads. “A few minutes ago, I asked Isaac to tell me three words he would use to describe John, and he responded, ‘Nice, Friendable, and Loveable.’ Print that, bloggers, and give John his fair shake.”
Mayer invited the 5-year-old Isaac and his family to his show in Toronto on Sunday, which followed his tour kickoff in Detroit on Saturday. After visiting with the McFadyens, the singer broke his self-imposed Twitter hiatus to link to the Isaac Foundation site.
“Thank You Toronto,” Mayer tweeted. “Here is my friend Isaac I was telling you about. He made me the Valentine card tonight.”
Mayer can also be seen in a video from Sunday’s show thanking Isaac for the Valentine onstage. “Sometimes you get beautiful things out of little, tiny mistakes,” the singer said.
Over the weekend, Mayer also got support from another camp: porn production company Vivid Entertainment, which offered him a job penning scripts.
“We read about your interest in porn in the current issue of Playboymagazine,” founder/co-chair Steven Hirsch said in a letter posted onTMZ.com. “When we learned that you make up backstories in your mind and that your ‘biggest dream is to write pornography,’ we decided we’d like to talk to you about doing just that and possibly directing as well.”
According to the New York Daily News, Mayer’s publicist said he wouldn’t be accepting the offer.
Do you think John Mayer’s charity work makes up for his big mouth? Should he take Vivid’s offer and quit his day job? Sound off below!