Nothing like a ridiculous feud between two pop purveyors to get your juices flowing on a Wednesday. Glee creator Ryan Murphy has blasted rock band Kings of Leon for not allowing their smash single "Use Somebody" to be used on this of his hit series.
“Fuck you, Kings of Leon,” Murphy told THR. “They’re self-centered assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a seven-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.” Well, that and sell kids a bunch of crappy songs and merchandise they don't need, Murph.
For their part, Kings of Leon took the confused high road. "This whole Glee thing is a shock to us. It’s gotten out of hand," lead singer Caleb Followill told THR. "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.” Probably some petulant place that happens to exist inside Murphy because he doesn't hear "no" very often.
Kings of Leon isn't alone, of course. Recently Slash came out and said that no Guns N' Roses songs would ever appear on Glee. “Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over," Murphy said, referring to Slash. "They’re uneducated and quite stupid.” If only this guy spoke his mind more often...