I saw this video today. It is a new music video by Maroon 5 for one of their newer songs, Sugar. If you don’t know who Maroon 5 is, well.. they’re basically a very very very famous band. If you have a teenage daughter, ask her.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09R8_2nJtjg]
I have to admit, when I first heard this song late last year, it did not make an impression. But hearing the song while watching this video, it felt super awesome!
Okay, if you are too lazy to watch the music video, I’ll try to summarize in words..
At the beginning of the video, Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5) said: It’s December 6th, 2014. We’re gonna drive across LA and hit every wedding we possibly can. It’s gonna be awesome!
And then the story starts. They basically drove around town, hit a few weddings and gave the wedding couples the surprise of their lives.
So what happened was, before they make their appearance at every venue, there would be some guys intruding on the wedding, draping white curtains over the stage where the usual band was supposed to perform. Then the semi-confused bride and groom were invited out front.
Then the curtain was dropped on cue, and the couple would find themselves staring at the superstar band singing to them. How about that?
This is where the fun part (for me, anyway) of the video starts. The expressions of the brides are priceless! I mean, just look at these..
To make things even more interesting, after the video was released, Maroon 5 gave interviews claiming that they really did crash real weddings in the process of making the videos. They even explained in detail how they carried out their plans.
Interesting. If these guys really did crash real weddings, then I think this is one of the most amazing things rock stars can do!
Except that after the interviews went online, many people started calling them out, claiming that some of the weddings were staged and that the brides and grooms are actors. I mean, realistically, it is kind of hard to believe that the entire wedding hall would come out dancing even when they saw rock stars on stage, isn’t it?
In fact, it was soon revealed that the shooting of the wedding scenes took three days instead of just one day on the December 16th. Some people started to call for us to boycott Maroon 5 for being the biggest liars.
So I have a question for you guys. Let’s test your command of English language, and your command to read between lines a.k.a cutting through bullshit.
Do you think Maroon 5 are liars? Do you think they lied when they claim to have crashed real weddings? Okay, that’s two questions, but you can lump your answer into one.
No, they did not lie. They were misleading, yes, but they did not lie.
First, the opening speech in the video. Adam said “We’re gonna drive across LA and hit every wedding we possibly can“. He DID NOT say “What you see in this video are what happened on that day“. If he said the latter then yes, he is a bloody liar. But he didn’t, so you shouldn’t assume everything in the video happened on that day itself. Let’s move on.
The interview. The guys talked about how they staged the scenes, and how exciting it was. What they said was that they did crash real weddings. What they did not say was that all the weddings and scenes in the video are real. If you read the latter part of the interview excerpt, there was at least one real wedding that Maroon 5 crashed.
What I think really happened was, these guys really did crash some real weddings, but realistically, you can’t make a great music video entirely out of real life footage, so obviously a few of them had to be staged ones. I think the first 2 weddings in the video are fake, but the subsequent ones where there are less details, they could be real ones.
But, still, these Maroon 5 guys did not lie. They told the truth in a misleading way, and a bunch of idiots fell into the trap and misunderstood.
And, who cares whether the scenes in the video are real or staged? I still think it is an entertaining and awesome video! That’s the most important thing!
Okay, now it is my turn to confess. The primary reason I wrote this post is not because of Maroon 5. They are just the secondary reason. My primary reason is that I just discovered the Show/Hide button (a.k.a the Spoilers button) plugin tool and I am obsessed with it. I want to keep looking for ways to employ it in my posts. I staged this post so that I can ask a question and use the button to hide my answer. Sorry.
Let me ask you a real question this time. If it was your wedding, how would you react to Maroon 5 (or any superstars that you know of) crashing your wedding? Would you feel excited and honored, or would you feel pissed off because they stole the limelight from you?