“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy didn’t like the Kings of Leon saying no to having one of their songs Gleeked up on the show last year. “Fuck you, Kings of Leon,” an unrestrained Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter this week. “They’re self-centered assholes, and they missed the big picture.”
What big picture you ask, having their song covered on a TV show? No, much more than that. “They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument,” Murphy explained. “It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of ‘Glee’ all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”
The band doesn’t know what he’s talking about, apparently proving that they indeed have missed the big picture. “This whole Glee thing is a shock to us,” Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill responded to THR. “It’s gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn’t even seen the show…. This was never meant as a slap in the face to Glee or to music education or to fans of the show. We’re not sure where the anger is coming from. We just said no to a license for a TV show, which we do a lot.”
Maybe Murphy mistook Kings of Leon for Guns N Roses. Slash famously dissed the show recently in an interview saying, “Glee is worse than ‘Grease’…. When Grease came out I was like, ‘Oh, c’mon, give me a break.’ Actually, I look at ‘Grease’ now and think: ‘Between High School Musical’ and ‘Glee,’ ‘Grease’ was a brilliant work of art.”
Murphy lashed out at Slash too, claiming that hating on “Glee” is a career ending move. “Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over; they’re uneducated and quite stupid,” Murphy explained.
Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill addressed Murphy personally via twitter yesterday, telling him to seek therapy among other helpful suggestions. “Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say f—.” [THR]