“You know how I know you’re gay?
You listen to Coldplay.”
A harmless, ad-libbed line by Paul Rudd in The 40-Year-Old Virgin made it “uncool” to like Coldplay for about eight years.
Think about that.
Because of a simple line in a movie, it suddenly carried a negative stigma to tell others you enjoy Coldplay’s music. It must have just been an American thing, however, because Coldplay — regardless of their public perception — has remained one of the most popular bands in the world for the last decade and a half.
But it shouldn’t surprise any one that Americans are easy to manipulate. The 40-Year-Old Virgin was also a wildly popular movie, and that “You know how I know you’re gay?” exchange by Rudd and Seth Rogen became quoted in frat houses from SUNY Buffalo to UC Berkeley, which also didn’t help.
I think the stigma has since dropped. Listening to Coldplay in public is no longer something to be ashamed of. After all, they’ve sold more than 70 million records worldwide.
Speaking for myself, at least — I like Coldplay. I think they are a talented band that puts out great music. Are they revolutionizing the music industry? Of course not. Nor do they alter their sound too drastically from album to album. But listen to The Scientist and tell me they aren’t good. I dare you.
The same cannot be said for Nickelback, however.
While the band’s negative perception didn’t begin with a Judd Apatow movie, Nickelback is another band who it is “uncool” to like. As in, really, really uncool.
I think it all started when people realized how similar two of the band’s earliest singles, “How You Remind Me” and “Someday,” sounded when you play them at the same time.
This revelation publicly outed their lack of musical creativity, and it’s been downhill ever since. Nowadays, saying you like Nickelback is akin to saying you support Nazi Germany.
But is it really warranted? I’m not a fan of Nickelback because I just don’t enjoy that brand of rock where it seems like the singer is screaming rather than singing. But does a lack of inventiveness from song to song really deserve this much hatred? Does it really warrant people throwing rocks at them on stage? Or an entire Facebook meme devoted towards singling out your friends who like them?
While that Facebook meme is pretty hilarious, it just continues to bug me that it continues the trend of taking away people’s ability to make their own decisions.
I understand that some bands bring their unfavorable image upon themselves, and consequently become an easy target for the public — but if a band sucks, then we should be able to figure that out ourselves. People should listen to their music, decide internally that they hate it, and move on.
Instead, people hate Nickelback before they even know what type of music they play. The band is shunned from society so dramatically that people are afraid to even type their name into Spotify.
So here, people. I’m going to help you. You’re alone at your computer and no one is around to judge you. Listen to Nickelback and form your own opinion.
God, that’s terrible.