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Taraji P. Henson’s Amazing Coldplay Joke Was, Tragically, an Accident

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Today in highly disappointing celebrity news, Taraji P. Henson explained that her very great, albeit kind of mean joke about Maroon 5 performing at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show was not a joke at all. Instead, like many misinterpretations, it was the result of alcohol.

In a since-deleted Instagram post last night, she wrote, "YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!! #maroon5 is life to me!!! #superbowl50" on a photo of Coldplay performing at the Super Bowl halftime show.

For many Taraji fans, however, this seemed like less of an innocent mistake and more of a multi-layered joke about interchangeable, vanilla, male-fronted mainstream rock bands. Coldplay, Maroon 5 — basically the same thing, right? "Right!" the world replied.

But in a disappointing twist, she confirmed to ET that no, she wasn't making a truly solid criticism of the music industry. "I don't know if you know how it goes down in the suites," she explained. "They put a lot of drinks in there — Kool-Aid, lemonade, iced tea." She then recalled how many of her friends immediately texted her telling her to change the post — friends, evidently, who didn't get the underlying insightfulness. We still believe, Taraji.