18 Times John Mayer Was All Shade On Social Media

It seems there are a lot of people in this world who don’t like John Mayer or his music. Then again, there are probably a lot of people in this world that he doesn’t much care for either.

Over the years, Mayer has made more headlines for the women in his life, and his comments in the media, than he has for anything else, barring perhaps his music. And he loves using social media to share exactly what he’s thinking.

He is also pretty opinionated, and although what he says is often taken out of context, there have been a few times when he decided to poke fun at people or call them out in a very public way. He is a big fan of Twitter, though. He even deleted it in 2010, and stayed off it until 2014 because he was a self-confessed “tweetaholic,” and it’s really a treasure trove of information and a small insight into the working of Mayer’s mind. It’s also helped us realize he doesn’t much care for beauty bloggers, people who Photoshop their photos, and to him, there are few things worse than people wearing T-shirts of bands they have never even listened to.

Below are 18 times that Mayer was all shade on social media, but also occasionally humorous about it.

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18 When He Slammed People Who Wear T-Shirts Of Bands They Don’t Know

John Mayer is one of those guys who likes to say what’s on his mind, and it seems that what was on his mind in July of 2017 was people who wear band T-shirts. Especially those people who like to wear these shirts just because they think they look cool in them. Or because they picked out the shirt because they know the band is popular (and will therefore give them a few points in the cool stakes) — even if they really have no idea who they are or what they’ve sung!

In this case, it seems Mayer is particularly peeved with the individuals who wear Metallica shirts, and he wants them to prove that they’re fans by naming three shirts, rather than songs... which really would not have been a tough ask, considering that the band has been around since 1981.

But who is Mayer to judge what people wear? Well, he knows a thing or two about T-shirts because in an interview with GQ the interviewer stated, anybody can screenprint T-shirts, come up with a brand name and be a designer, to which he responded, “Anybody. That’s right. But, the new metric is your level of balancing different tastes, creating your own tastes out of them. Literalism is dead. Literalism is gone…” Um, okay?

17 He Thinks Taylor Swift’s Bday Is The Lamest Day Of The Year

This is perhaps the tweet that attracted the most attention. In 2016 John Mayer decided to tweet about how he thought that December 13th was the worst day of the year. Or as he put it “the lamest.” You may think he was just having an awful day, for any number of reasons, but it turns out this is also Taylor Swift’s birthday.

Mayer deleted his tweet, causing even more suspicion, because if it was an innocent tweet, why did he even bother to delete it? But someone screenshotted the tweet and shared it online, causing everyone to relive the relationship between Mayer and Swift. You may remember that Mayer and Swift dated briefly in December of 2009 to February of 2010, and it seemed as though Swift had her teenage heart broken by this encounter.

According to Jezebel, she penned the track “Dear John” after their breakup, and although Swift has used all of her relationships as inspiration for her tracks, she has never named names. This is probably the closest she has ever come, and the lyrics of the song certainly seem to go with the timeline of the relationship because Swift was just 19 when the pair dated. The lyrics include: “It was wrong/ Don't you think nineteen's too young/ To be played/ By your dark, twisted games/ When I loved you so.”

16 When He Threw Shade At A Fan Who Screenshot His Tweet

We don’t live inside John Mayer’s mind so we can’t always know exactly what he was referring to with this tweet, but it really seems as though he was mocking the woman in the tweet above. If you compare these two tweets, you’ll see that the fan was speaking about how John Mayer just tweeted and deleted his message, but “thank God for screenshots,” and it seems that’s the point Mayer was trying to prove when he tweeted and then deleted a message.

The tweet he “deleted” was nothing too interesting as he was simply commenting on how every text convo he has with women end up the same way. She is clever and witty, and he is also clever and witty, and then it ends forever.


So, the fact that he tweeted this just one month after his alleged Taylor Swift diss may be telling. Then again, maybe he just really did delete a tweet and think it was so important that he had to screenshot it so he could have a backup just in case it somehow got deleted. And then instead of writing it out again, he decided to post it and write about how he had deleted it. Yeah, it’s probably the first scenario.

15 He Is Brutal About Men Not Getting Their Dream Girl

John Mayer’s love life has made headlines almost the same amount of times that his music has, and his ex-girlfriends include a lot of really famous women. The list goes as follows; Jessica Simpson (from August 2006 to May of 2007), Jennifer Aniston (from April of 2008 to March of 2009), Katy Perry (from 2012 to 2015), and he also dated Minka Kelly for four months from September of 2007, as well as many, many more.

So, there are a lot of women he has dated who men feel are their dream girl, and Mayer thinks he gets a lot of hate because of this. And because he’s a little obsessed with Twitter, he used it as the platform to share his thoughts.

According to AccessOnline, he wrote, “I love how some guys hate me for dating their fantasy girl, as if they were going to if I hadn’t.” He may make a good point, it is unlikely that 99% of the guys who are hating on him would ever have had the opportunity to meet the women in his past, let alone romance them and have them fall hopelessly in love with them. That said, to point out how he has had many men's fantasy girls really just makes him come across as arrogant.

14 When He Took Aim At Journalists Who Write About Hair

Chances are you’ve probably read an article at some point about a hair and beauty look or trend that a celebrity has adopted. Many journalists take the fashion and beauty route and pen articles about the latest in these fields, including, comments on a celebs new hairstyle, something which it seems John Mayer is not really a fan of.

I say this because of this tweet, as it seems he has decided to comment on how he sometimes sees links to articles about someone’s new hair, and when he sees the picture there is nothing new about their hair.

And Mayer knows all about hair, because people are forever commenting on his own hair, and let's just say, they are not always fans.

In an article for GQ, a journalist commented on how Mayer had recently dipped his hair in peroxide and called it frosted tips. Maybe this article got this topic on his mind because it was the same month as his tweet. They noted in response to Mayer’s look, “Hair with highlights might be the inevitable come-down from the bleach-blond trend, but that doesn’t make the move any easier to accept.” He also added they thought he looked as though he was veering towards boy-band territory.

13 When He Mocked Beauty Bloggers With His Skincare

John Mayer understands the importance of good skin and a good routine, and it seems he also finds beauty bloggers and their tutorials interesting. Well, if interesting means it gives him the inspiration to mock them.

In 2016, Mayer took to Snapchat to document his makeup routine in a series of videos. According to InStyle, he said, "A lot of people ask me, 'John, what are some of your skincare secrets?' and I always say, 'That's an odd question to ask.’ And they always say, 'You literally just asked me to ask you that.'"

He continued, "So okay, we've washed with Proactiv, and now it's time for the night moisturizing routine." Next, he revealed a product from Natura Bissé, saying, "I have a feeling this is used mainly by people in their '60s and '70s, but I love it.” Feeling inspired yet?

The series of videos also shows Mayer demonstrating his direct application techniques, and revealing his skincare hacks and tips, something that all beauty bloggers offer and it’s why people watch their videos in the first place. Mayer making these posts is all good and well, but his decision to mock other people for what they do either because it’s their passion or a career seems pretty harsh.

12 He Has Called Out People Who Are Big Fans Of Photoshop

There are many celebrities and major fashion publications that have been called out for Photoshopping.

And while the world laughs at the fails, it’s also sending out the wrong message to impressionable young people.

Presenting photos of models who are impossibly good looking and absolutely flawless is not realistic, and this is something that was clearly playing on John Mayer’s mind in December of 2017, because he decided to comment on how the way someone retouches a photo is a clear indication of their taste and intentions.

And he didn’t like it one bit. He also followed up by saying this included photos that were overly processed and that he “can always tell” who had just discovered the highlights and shadows slider. Although Mayer used this tweet as an opportunity to shame people who retouch their photos, another celeb caught wind of this and decided to school the singer on how, sometimes, Photoshopping your photo can be a heck of a lot of fun.

Chrissy Teigen saw his tweet and decided she needed to get in on the action, replying to it by sharing a Photoshopped photo of her head on Nicki Minaj’s body — taken from her Anaconda album cover. It’s hard to argue with that.

11 And Thinks Celebs Who Pose With Private Jets Are Hilarious

John Mayer is one of those guys who prefers not to take everything in life so seriously, so he decided to mock people who take photos of themselves in private planes, by doing the very same thing. We have all seen multiple celebs posing in front of a plane, with jewels dripping off them or posing while wearing the finest clothes. This is something that clearly annoys Mayer, because when he took to Instagram in January of 2018 and decided to use this as an opportunity to comment on how awkward these snaps are.

On his Instagram post, he revealed he has always wanted to be in a picture that shows him hanging around a jet (his dream came true) and that the reason for this was because they appear to do very well on social media. Not only are they popular among a lot of celebrities (musicians mostly), they also appear to get a lot of likes and comments.

In addition to posting a photo in front of a jet, these images are usually accompanied by a motivational quote of sorts, something which Mayer points out. He wrote, “Also a quote or two about hard work and what it’ll get you always seems to calm people down on the 'well, if it isn’t Mister FancyJet' stuff. So - grind. Work. I guess. Yes, work and grind. Follow your dreams. Grind your dreams until they’re a fine, non-toxic dust. Breathe it. Breathe that dream dust…”

10 When He Made A Point Of Shaming Those Who Stink At Grammar

One of the most common and also most annoying grammatical errors is when people fail to use the words “you’re” and “your” in the correct way. This fail is something that drives writers mad, but apparently, it is also something that drives John Mayer mad. In December of 2017, he took to Twitter to write just one word: “You’re.”

This could have been in response to a mistake he made in an earlier tweet, but he wasn’t going to just leave it there without A comment. It could also have served as a reminder to people who tweet him to get it right.

Some may argue that John Mayer has a tendency to overshare on Twitter, and this may be true, but he has previously revealed that he loves the platform because he can be himself on it.

The jury is out on whether that’s a good or a bad thing.

According to TheWrap, he said, “I have never once said ‘I wish the press would leave me alone.’ With Twitter, I can show my real voice. Here’s me thinking about stuff: ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if you could download food?’” And sometimes this real voice is also used to help educate people and ensure the next time they tweet, they do it without error (himself included).

9 He Likes Leather Jackets, But He Also Doesn't

It turns out John Mayer is not really a fan of leather jackets, and he took to Twitter to throw shade at the garments (and probably the people that wear them) by writing about how they are cool and all, if you want to sound as though you’re a rusty swing.

I'm not exactly sure what he means by this comment, and I am yet to hear people coming towards me while wearing leather jackets and being left to think, "What the heck is that sound?" But maybe Mayer knows better.

This tweet is also surprising because he has a love of leather jackets, and actually, his closet is apparently filled with them. He likes fashion, and his style has been the subject of multiple articles over the yearS; although some periods in his life have achieved a more favorable reaction than others — as you’ll recall the time he wore a cat sweater.

He also gave an interview to PopSugar in which he discussed his love for, wait for it… leather jackets. He said, "I have a closet that’s like the greatest collection of leather jackets and Belstaff's. I know everything down to the name of these jackets but I normally just throw on jeans and a t-shirt. I’m a big Rick Owens guy. Love Rick Owens."

8 When He Took Aim At Celebrity-Loved Detox Teas

In recent years detoxes, juicing, and cleanses have become extremely popular. It seems as though almost every celebrity has bought into this health trend, and there are multiple celebrities who have taken to social media to endorse certain detox products, including the Kardashian-Jenner clan who seem to be a fan of FitTea, a 28-day detox.

It seems John Mayer has noticed this trend, but he’s not really loving it, which is why he decided to mock these celebs and these detoxes on Twitter.

His tweet started off very similar to how a social media influencer or a celebrity would do if they wanted to promote a product, as he wrote, “Hey everyone I wanna tell you about this great new product, Retox Tea.” But his product is nothing like what the Kardashian-Jenner’s are promoting because Mayer’s version is designed to put all the supposed toxins that are removed from your body during these “detoxes” straight back into it, thanks to a bottle of whiskey.

Although some fans found this amusing and there were comments about how whiskey is cheaper than therapy, not everyone saw the humor in his tweet and some fans questioned Mayer’s drinking habits. It seems he can’t really say anything without causing a stir.

7 He Mocked Twitter Trolls After Saying The Platform Was Kinder

Rolling Stone once acknowledged that John Mayer has an impressive social media following, writing, “He's huge on Twitter, where he is an acknowledged modern-day master of the lowbrow bon mot,” which, in other words, means he’s the master of wit and shady remarks. But that doesn’t mean that everything Mayer does and says is met with praise.

During the December holiday season back in 2017, Mayer seemed to address Twitter trolls, saying that he had noticed the social media platform was kinder than usual this week, and that was probably because a lot of people were home for the holidays. But in the same breath, he also managed to throw shade at Twitter trolls, saying that they were sleeping at their parents' house under their weird blankets (also ironic how he took the kindness of the week and made it negative).

We don’t live in John Mayer’s brain, so there’s definitely no way to know for sure what he was referring to, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he was bashing people who have bad things to say about him. After all, over the years there have been many people who have had less than pleasant things to say, and he’s become one of the least liked celebrities for his comments in the media.

6 It Wasn’t Really Funny When He Mocked Brad Pitt’s Movie

John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston were a surprising couple, but the most surprising thing about their relationship was not even the coupling, but the fact that Mayer decided to take aim at her ex-husband, Brad Pitt. Or rather, he decided to do this to his movie.

In 2009, Mayer had a camera series called John Mayer Has a TV Show for a while, and he used it to be very childish.

He decided to mock Pitt’s movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which he referred to as "The Curious Case of Benjamin Brat."

According to Marie Claire, he did this with a fake motivational video, in which he stated, “Hi John, it’s John and this is power tape number 9: Potentializing your dreams. You’re a man of strength, charisma, girth, honor, girth… and influence. You know like that guy in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Brat, Benjamin Brat, the older you get, the younger you get and right before you die a little tiny man baby you’re gonna discover the ability to time travel into volcanoes. I never saw the film, I’m just guesstimating that that’s how it ends.”

One thing we can say about his video is that it got a lot of attention from the media, and Page Six even commented on it with the headline, “John Mayer Mocks Brad Pitt, Proves He’s 12.” Ouch.

5 John Mayer Doesn’t Like When People Feel Like They’ve Known Each Other Forever

John Mayer is a funny man, but he’s also someone who likes to throw subtle shade into his posts without us even realizing. That doesn’t necessarily mean he dislikes that person, it just means he’s having fun with his captions and showing the world his, shall we say, more fun side?

This happened when Mayer met Brazilian pop star, Anitta, and he decided to share a photo of them on his Instagram. She clearly made an impression, otherwise, why would he bother to share the photo? Well, there’s that, and then also the fact that she has 28 million followers on the platform, while he only has three million.

The comment section is what really gets the attention though, because he revealed it was as though he had known for her much longer than he had, and it felt like at least two hours, instead of 15 minutes. This message could be interpreted in one of two ways; spending time with her really dragged by and it felt so much longer than it was, but this meaning is very unlikely, or he was mocking people who comment on how they have just met someone but it feels as though they already have a connection and have known them forever.

4 When He Said You Don’t Exist Unless You Exist In The K-Verse

There are rumors suggesting that John Mayer and Kim Kardashian had a bit of a fling. According to PopSugar, in October of 2010, the pair were linked. Even TMZ noted that they “gone out” together a few times in New York City.

The publication added, "They brought along other friends, but the idea was to see if they would hit it off," but a source noted that nothing really came of it and it was "nothing serious."

Whether anything romantic actually happened between these two, we can’t be sure, but in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian was okay with name-dropping, telling her family that John Mayer had been at an event she attended. And this caught the attention of Mayer, who decided to Instagram a video of this moment, which was accompanied by a very lengthy caption.

He explained, “It looks like I’m mentioned on tonight’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. My first (and still only) thought pertains to quantum physics, more specifically the many-worlds theory. In the Kardashian parallel universe, henceforth known as the “K-verse”, there is no proof that a person or persons exist until they are named.” He continued to poke fun at the famous family saying that now that his name had been mentioned he was written into existence. Okay, John, we get it!

3 When He Threw Shade At Servers And His Order

You know when you go to a restaurant and your order comes out wrong, even though it was a standard request straight from the menu? This is frustrating and annoying, which is why most people appreciate when the server takes the time to read back your order so you know it’s going to be correct. But John Mayer isn’t most people.

A lot of what Mayer says is meant in jest, but that doesn’t mean it’s not shady, much like this tweet, which appears to be directed at servers. It seems that when Mayer makes an order, he would really prefer if the server didn’t read it back to him. But you can understand why they do this... they want to make sure that everything is okay and that they don’t get it wrong. This is something that shouldn’t annoy people, but it does annoy this particular singer.

Then again, he apparently doesn’t mind if they get his choices completely wrong, so maybe he almost hopes that they do so he can get a surprise. After all, he doesn’t seem to be like the rest of us who know what we want, or spend a long time reading the menu, because he says “My choices are arbitrary anyway. I stand for nothing.”

2 He Loves Taking Aim At Bloggers With His Makeup Tutorial

Remember earlier on this list there was a mention of John Mayer’s skincare routine? Well, he clearly thought that this video was funny because in 2018, he decided to mock beauty bloggers again — this time showing how to do a smokey eye tutorial.

In a story posted on his Instagram, Mayer said, “I’ve been getting a lot of comments lately asking when am I going to do a smokey eye tutorial. So I thought I would do it for you tonight because so many of you wanted to see it.”

“Here we go, this is a Chanel eyeshadow,” he said, while holding up a navy blue and copper palette (no idea where he got it from). While applying his makeup, he commented, “Notice how I’m already impressing you with my light touch, guys get wrong.” Of course, no makeup tutorial is complete without tips and tricks (and Mayer has clearly watched a few tutorials in his lifetime) and he commented, “Don’t forget your eyeball is round. You want to accentuate the roundness of your eyeballs.”

Look, this was obviously done in jest, and that doesn’t make Mayer a bad guy, but he’s also definitely mocking beauty bloggers with this video, and proving no one is safe from his shade!

1 He Let David Foster Know He Was Interested In His Daughter

John Mayer has dated some of the most beautiful women in the world, and Rolling Stone noted in an interview that despite having been linked to these women, he wanted a girlfriend, a real life-partner girlfriend. They added, “It's been a long time. And it's just not happening.”

It seems he needs a little help getting a date, which is why he decided to ask David Foster if he could put in a good word for him with his daughter. The daughter in question was Erin, one of David’s five children, and the subject of his Instagram post on Aug. 24, 2017. The proud dad had posted a photo of Erin, who was celebrating her 35th birthday that day, and he captioned the snap with a sweet message, writing, “one of the loves of my life and my fav daughter on this day!!! Happy bday @erinfoster #iloveyou."

And it seems Foster was not the only one who wanted to celebrate Erin on this day, because she also caught the eye of Mayer, who according to W magazine wrote, "Can you put a good word in for me?" Although it seems nothing ever came of this request because there were no media headlines about Mayer’s new girlfriend.

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