Maroon 5 Really Fucked Up The Title Of Their New Album And Oh My God

Oh dear.

Maroon 5 are in some serious damage control right now after realising they’d accidentally named their new album after a popular men’s rights activist term.

Last month the LA band revealed their sixth studio album would be called Red Pill Blues — a reference they thought harked back to the famous The Matrix scene in which Neo is offered a red pill, which would allow him to see the world as it really is.

But in recent years, the ‘Red Pill’ concept has been co-opted by the MRA neckbeards of Reddit, who use it as kind of enlightenment term for when they apparently discover that feminism is a global plot to destroy all men.

Which makes things a little awkward for Maroon 5. The backlash was so swift the band were immediately forced to release a statement, confirming the title did “not have any relation to the term.”

Guitarist James Valentine has attempted to clear things up further in a new interview with Huffington Post, admitting that the band “didn’t really understand the whole men’s rights thing.”

“We were talking about the scene in The Matrix ― do you take the red pill or the blue pill? And the fact that seeing the world for what it is in 2017 can be kind of rough … We had no idea about the association with men’s rights,” Valentine said.

“Hopefully, everyone knows from all of our pasts that from our statements on the issue and our actions in the past — that we are all hardcore feminists in the band. So that’s a horrible association, ugh, to have. The internet trolls have to ruin everything.”

“[The album name] is out there and I think it’s maybe too late [to change]… I think maybe we can reclaim it for the good side.”

A nice idea…but somehow I don’t think that’s going to happen. Chalk this one up as another case of Someone Should Have Definitely Googled This Shit.

Maroon 5 Red Pill