A warning to artists who don't want their songs on "Glee": Be prepared for Ryan Murphy to call you names and accuse you of not helping kids.
The "Glee" creator tells The Hollywood Reporter that rock band Kings of Leon are "self-centered a--holes" for rejecting the show's request to use their hit "Use Somebody." He's also mad at Slash, who isn't much of a "Glee" fan.
"F--- 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, 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 frontman Caleb Followill (above) told THR: “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 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. We just said no to a license for a TV show, which we do a lot.”
Just when this was looking like one of those one-way feuds, drummer Nathan Followill added this 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 7yr olds how to say f---."
Slash said he's rejected requests from "Glee," telling Entertainment Weekly, "I draw the line at 'Glee.' 'Glee' is worse than 'Grease' and 'Grease' is bad enough."
Murphy's reply: “Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over; they’re uneducated and quite stupid.”