Last year, Ryan Murphy (the creator of Glee) approached Kings Of Leon and asked them if their music would like to appear on the show. They politely refused, just as they did when they were asked if their music could be used for a commercial and on Ugly Betty. But what Kings Of Leon didn’t know was that Ryan Murphy is a bitter drama queen who doesn’t understand that the world doesn’t revolve around him and his subversive show that wants your son to wear a dress and lip gloss. Kings Of Leon quickly found out in Murphy’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“Fuck you, Kings of Leon,” Murphy said. “They’re self-centered assholes and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song,” Murphy continued, “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.”
What Glee does is turn kids on to music, huh? I looked through the full song lists from Season 1 and Season 2. It’s songs from Broadway musicals, REO Speedwagon, Barbara Streisand, Journey, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga. Or basically a playlist for the lobby of a bathhouse.
Meanwhile, Kings Of Leon lead singer, Caleb Followill, responded to these comments with the logic and reason you’d expect from someone who isn’t in the middle of a hissy fit. “This whole Glee thing is a shock to us,” he told THR in response to Murphy’s diatribe. “It’s gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn’t even seen 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.”