On April 4, Oprah posted a photo of herself and the late Maya Angelou, who would have been 91 years old on Instagram.
Here’s her post:
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Maya would have been 91 today! This is my favorite picture of us. Even in death I feel the “unbroken continuity” of her mother-sister-friendship referenced in the Henry Scott Holland canon ????????❤️ Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect. Without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that it ever was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you. For an interval. Somewhere. Very near. Just around the corner. All is well.
Oprah’s post apparently attracted some unwanted attention from a “fan” who straight up came for her.
The fan claimed Oprah did not have the authority to call Angelou “Maya”:
The fan said:
“Ms. Angelou to you Oprah. You have no license to call her Maya. She will always be be Ms. Angelou.”
To which Oprah responded:
“she actually gave me permission after the 2nd or 3d visit to her home to call her “Maya”. Believe me I’ve witnessed when other folk did NOT have that permission!”
And while, all things considered, this was a pretty kind clapback, it actually inspired John Mayer to come out and say exactly what was on his mind.
“When Oprah claps back — look down,” he begins. “One of her hands is your face.”
The rest of the clapback experience embodies your existential crisis following an Oprah clapback.
“Now look in the mirror. That’s right; you have seven Oprah hands for a face. You’re tripping. This is due to the dusting of neurotoxins released from the clap. You will wake up at the job you had in high school, but at the age you are today. In your pocket you will find a note that says ‘do better.'”
He got them gooooooooood.
John Mayer Cheering On Oprah As She Claps Back At A Troll Is The Energy I Need From My Friends pic.twitter.com/fO3ryx145i
— RADHIKA T (@radhikat1) April 7, 2019
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) April 5, 2019
— K Dubb (@TheReal_KDubb) April 5, 2019
— Newsdecide (@newsdecide) April 5, 2019
Mayer himself was actually a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006:
Honestly. This is perfect.
Thank you all for… https://t.co/10yvurneMm
— Meghan Lapides (@MegletNY) April 5, 2019
Continuum is John Mayer’s best album don’t @ me
— Kayla Snyder (@kaylalsnyder) April 8, 2019
The introductory speech makes me cry… y'all should watch this and hear the entire album, both Continuum and Battle Studies. Or else you just wasting your life these entire time.https://t.co/xamdGw4ZnY
— dit (@saphiranindita) April 7, 2019
Also!! I can never get bored of this song – I don't trust myself (with loving you) Basically Continuum is THE superior album hahahttps://t.co/hjH3SZqrVX
— ∞, 그리고 ???? (@lilylilyfy) April 7, 2019
1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
2. Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder
3. Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
4. Black on Both Sides – Mos Def
5. The Album About Nothing – Wale
6. 21 – Adele
7. Continuum – John Mayer https://t.co/yFmgTjAJw9
— L O R A (@Loxzsen) March 31, 2019
Other than that, Mayer and Oprah don’t have much of a pre-existing relationship.
It just seems like Mayer really wanted to stan Oprah this time.
john mayer's continuum
— fons (@suzaraalfonso) January 19, 2019
Playing this track from Continuum/John Mayer Trio's Try! album
— Blind Stereo Moon (@blindstereomoon) February 8, 2019
We’ve solved it. Continuum is not overrated but every other John Mayer album is in fact underrated. Thank you for attending our lecture. https://t.co/UcGyyHzpYm
— Vivienne (@breathinagb) April 7, 2019
Q: If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
A: I think it'd be "Continuum" by John Mayer!! I'm a massive Jon Mayer stan!
— Mendes Updates (@SMendesQandA) April 7, 2019
John Mayer Continuum and Battle Studies
Fam he's really good with his pop rock style and instrumentals. Keeps you totally engaged.
— Tall Dark After dark (@ProjectStev) April 6, 2019
You know I was a John Mayer listener back in the early noughties. Then after Continuum I stopped listening to him.
Ya udah gitu aja.
— Kiki Tsalatsita (@valhallarahmah) April 6, 2019
my favorite album of all time is probably born in the u.s.a. by bruce springsteen, continuum by john mayer or extraordinary machine by fiona apple…. i dont think i can choose only one
— gus (@whycurse) March 25, 2019
Mayer doesn’t have any future albums planned, but hopefully he and Oprah will do a clapback double feature on the next one.