‘Glee’ Creator Ryan Murphy to Kings of Leon: “F*ck You” (And No, He’s Not Singing that Cee-Lo Song)
A lot of bands and artists have seen their music performed by the cast of Glee. Paramore, Journey, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, just to name a few, have allowed their music to be used on the hit prime-time series.
Those artists are more than happy to have their music used on Glee. And hey, that’s what they want and is the right choice for them. But what about the bands who might NOT want their music used?
Enter the Kings of Leon. The band was asked if Glee could use their song Use Somebody in an episode. However, they declined. As they told NME, they didn’t want “to sell out.” Which, once again, is the right choice for their band and seems perfectly fine. Everyone just moves on, right?
Well…yeah. Except for Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who had a different opinion.
“Fuck you, Kings Of Leon. They are self-centred assholes and they missed the big picture.”
Look, maybe Murphy just isn’t used to bands turning the show down. But even so, this statement is absolutely HORRIBLE.
Kings of Leon don’t NEED you. They are a highly successful, multiple Grammy winning band. You really think they aren’t looking at the big picture? Maybe YOU need to look at the big picture
Look, they didn’t want their music used on your show. That’s their call. It’s THEIR music. In case you’ve forgotten, Mr. Murphy, your show’s claim to fame is using OTHER PEOPLE’S MUSIC. THAT’S the big picture, Ryan Murphy. You use other people’s musical talent as a hook to get people to watch what would otherwise just be another high school drama series.
And really, is this the way you want to be seen by other bands you might approach? Do you want them to think that if they turn you down or disagree with you, you’re going to run around shit talking them like you’re a high school dude who got shot down for a date to the prom? If this is your mature, professional reaction to rejection, I wonder how you’ve lasted this long in the entertainment business and I SERIOUSLY hope this makes other bands think twice about allowing you to use their music.
And lucky for you, the band you just slammed has more class. Their response to Murphy’s comment?
“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.”
Well, Ryan Murphy. Now you just look like an asshole, don’t you?