Coldplay’s image ruined by a one-liner
The year was 2005. I was an immature, stupid, and cocky senior in high school. And like most kids my age, I thought this scene was hilarious. Before I had seen “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, I never had a thought or opinion on the band Coldplay. In fact, I only knew the song “Yellow” and liked it when it first came out. I do however remember kids not hating on the band at the time.
I believe that a lot of the people who rip on Coldplay, rip on the band mostly because of this scene. Long shot? Maybe. But think about it. Nowadays it doesn’t take much for someone to hate on something for a stupid reason. And this is one of them. I understand if someone wants to dislike a band because of their sound, but that’s not the case here. Some people are afraid that if they show any likeness of the band, they will be made fun of. Or be labeled “Gay” in front of their friends.
I noticed this trend while I was in college. If Coldplay was ever brought up, immediately someone would jump all over it and remind us all of the three year old joke that wasn’t theirs. I think that’s the part the really bothers me. The “jokester” smiles and laughs while getting a high-five from the nearest bro. Thinking he had just slammed whoever brought it up.
I shamefully admit I have used this line before. I’m ashamed because it was a cheap shot joke that didn’t need to be made. I still remember after I said it, the Coldplay fan responded the way every Coldplay fan should: a sarcastic laugh followed with, “Never heard that joke before..” It was then I realized that her and all Coldplay fans go through this.
Like I said, it may be a long shot, but maybe not. I’m not a Coldplay fan, but no band should be avoided just because of a Paul Rudd improvised line. From a really funny improvised scene.
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin received 85% of 160 critics giving it a “fresh” review on Rotten Tomatoes.
- The film was ranked No. 30 on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies.
- The production used over a million feet of film, a milestone reached on the last day of filming.
- Coldplay gives 10 percent of the band’s profits to charity.
- Posted by Jeff Armstrong, Ayo Kdoe Productions