Glee creator Ryan Murphy and the Kings of Leon are at war.
It all started last year when the rock band denied permission for the TV series to cover any of their songs in future episodes. It was a move that did not sit well with Murphy.
In the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy shares his opinion on the snub.
Murphy chatted with the magazine about the business side of the popular series, and explained why fans will never hear songs from certain artists.
Speaking of Kings of Leon’s denial for Glee to cover their songs, Murphy said, “F**k you, Kings of Leon. They’re self-centered a** holes, and they missed the big picture,” he fumed. “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. 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.”
Kings of Leon were quick to release a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “This whole Glee thing is a shock to us. It’s gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn’t even see the show. It came at the end of that record cycle, and we were over promoting ['Use Somebody']. 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.”
And it didn’t end there.
Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill took matters into his own hands and wrote on Twitter:
“Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7 yr olds how to say f**k.”
Within two hours of his tweet, it seems Followill got the hard word from his ‘people’ and swiftly issued an apology.
“I’m sorry 4 anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or mysoginistic. I’m so not that kind of person. I really do apologize.”
This is not the first time Glee has been turned down by popular rock bands. Slash, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, also turned down a request for Glee to cover their songs.
Slash described the show as “worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough.”
Murphy hit back by saying that people like Slash “who make those comments, their careers are over; they’re uneducated and quite stupid.”
Pretty intense, guys! Maybe start pouring all your built up anger and frustration into music – it seems to work for Taylor Swift!