Coldplay open Glastonbury set with controversial Charlie Chaplin speech

"I should like to help everyone if possible"

Coldplay opened up their headlining Glastonbury set with a playback of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic speech from the 1940 film The Great Dictator.

The film tells the story of a Jewish barber played by Chaplin, who spends years in an army hospital, unaware of the simultaneous rise of fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel also played by Chaplin.

The speech begins: “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that.”

It continues: “We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.”

Coldplay then proceeded to play ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ – the title track from their seventh studio album before going into their 2000 hit ‘Yellow’.
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