If you were fooled into thinking that Maroon 5’s music video for “Sugar” is real, think again. And for the love of God, stop sharing it on Facebook.

One would assume the whole “don’t believe everything you read on the Internet” rule would apply to music videos, but evidently that’s not the case.

Therefore, in light of the recent developments surrounding Maroon 5’s viral music video, we propose the following vantage point for readers of THESIXTHIRTY.com to remember moving forward:

“The Internet is modern society’s greatest illusion, so be weary of fool’s gold.”

Now that we’ve got that settled, let’s take a minute (it’s not worthy of the full five-minutes) to watch this production.

According to CNN, “The video was shot in the Los Angeles area on December 6, 2014. In it, the band drives from wedding venue to wedding venue, and sneaks up on stage that’s enclosed by giant curtains.”

Thanks, CNN. Ground-breaking news…as always.

“Only the grooms knew in each case,” a representative for Maroon 5 told Entertainment Tonight. “The band is not sure if the grooms’ disclosed it to their bride and wedding party.'”

The video was directed by David Dobkin. And although CNN reported that the video was taped in December, Dobkin may have slipped up in an interview with VH1.

“So we’ve known each other for a long time and always talked about doing something together but were never able to get our schedules lined up – he shot me an email saying, ‘Hey man are you available in November to do a video?’, and I said “Yeah!”

November, December, August…they’re all the same thing.

Besides the fact that this is one of those songs that gets worse every single time you listen to it (okay, maybe the first minute of the song is kind of catchy) – the entire production was clearly staged.

Thanks to Alex Rees at Cosmopolitan, actual journalists have begun to find evidence that this music video is actually complete and utter bullshit. As you’ll see in his updated blog on the matter, the following people you see in the video are confirmed actors:

1. The groom in the first scene is Nico Evers-Swindell.

Here’s his IMBD profile. Other than the fact that he’s a random professional actor, we really don’t feel the need to tell you anything more about him than the fact that he is a completely random professional actor.

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2. What’s even more hilarious, is the random guy freaking out at the dinner table in the first scene is also an actor.

This guy’s name is Eric Satterberg, a self-proclaimed “X between #BillMurray and #WoodyAllen.” (On a very serious side note – this guy’s Twitter profile is hilarious. You need to check it out. Now.)

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This guy might not understand how to use hashtags, but damn does he have this scene down. I’m not one to make assumptions, but I’m going to guess that Eric Satterberg practiced this scene in the bathroom mirror at least 2,000 times.

Let’s take a look at the highlights:

Here is Eric Satterberg’s “wait a minute..” look:

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Here is his “OMG, what is happening right now?!?!” look:

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And of course, the grand finalé. Here is Eric’s look for “You’ve got to be fucking shitting me!!” 

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All up-and-coming actors, take note. Eric Satterberg is the future of acting.

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Headshots courtesy of @ericsatterberg

3. The Asian wedding scene is also fake.

The Asian wedding scene in this video looks awfully familiar to the Asian wedding scene from Wedding Crashers (probably because that scene was also directed by David Dobkin).

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But more importantly, some of the actors themselves have confirmed that they were paid actors. We don’t know who the bride and groom are, but we do know who their parents were played by.

Thanks to 2Woos, the acting duo that landed the role of “parents of Asian bride” – this music video has all but officially been debunked.

Unless, of course, 2Woos isn’t legit. But that’s not the case, because they have a sick website.

I guess somebody forgot to have them sign an NDA:

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4. Last, but certainly not least, the total babe towards the end is apparently not a ‘bride-to-be.’

According to the same speculation referenced above from Cosmopolitan – she’s Raina Hein, an actress and model from Los Angeles who eats raspberries in her spare time.

At this point, it’s pretty clear – this entire music video was staged. And every bride-and-groom (and their parents) in the music video was paid.

Which is sad, because I assumed the guy from this scene was just totally out-kicking his coverage:

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We usually don’t poke fun at popular culture. But it’s bullshit when Hollywood tries to make us believe something is real when it’s completely fake.

Reality television was invented for a reason. Music videos were invented for a reason. If you’re going to do something different, do it the right way.

But most importantly, don’t say something was real if it wasn’t.

That’s not called creativity, that’s called lying.