Coldplay, perhaps the musical embodiment of the term “milquetoast,” have been tabbed to be the official halftime entertainment of Super Bowl 50 (also known as The One Without Roman Numerals, if it were a Friends episode) in February. Coldplay are neither a classic band like The Who or the Rolling Stones, nor a hot younger artist like Katy Perry. Needless to say, their selection infuriated pretty much everybody.
The one good thing you can say about the Coldplay choice is that they allow everyone to hurl their best insults with impunity. They’re wildly rich, white males whose relevance peaked a decade ago, perhaps more, and never extended beyond benign acceptance anyway. (Who’s next? Owl City?) Nobody but diehard Coldplay fans (anybody?) cries for Coldplay.