Coldplay insults in the Washington Post: In a 2005 concert review, the Post’s J. Freedom du Lac grouped Coldplay along with Dave Matthews Band and said that the bands “generally appeal to medium-level dull people.” This led to a letter-to-the-editor with a very-2005 retort: “Did an editor even read this drivel before it went to press? If someone did, they would have recognized this mean-spirited review as something more appropriate for a blog than The Post.”
Coldplay insults on television, in movies: It’s no surprise that “The Family Guy” got one of its usual from-out-of-nowhere jokes into a script. And in the 2005 bromantic comedy, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen’s characters played video games and traded homophobe barbs, ending the conversation with:
Chris Martin’s futile attempts to own the Coldplay insult: In recent years, the band’s frontman has attempted to corner the market on Coldplay insults, famously stating in 2008 that “Like millions of people in the world, I can't listen to Coldplay.” And just last week on “The Colbert Report,” Martin couldn’t let a word out of his mouth unless he was poking fun at himself.